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Reform Immigration with Access to Health Care

Reform Immigration with Access to Health Care

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An open letter to President Barack Obama and All Members of Congress from nearly 100 national immigrant rights and social justice organizations calling for immigration reforms that includes access to basic and affordable healthcare for all.
An open letter to President Barack Obama and All Members of Congress from nearly 100 national immigrant rights and social justice organizations calling for immigration reforms that includes access to basic and affordable healthcare for all.

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An Open Letter to President Obama and to All Members of Congress
 We urge you to create a humane and just immigration process that provides a clear roadmap to citizenshipfor the 11 million aspiring citizens and dignifies the individual and our nation by ensuring access toaffordable health care and needed nutrition assistance. We believe that reform of our immigration systemis a moral and economic imperative. This is true for the millions of aspiring citizens caught in the morassof a broken system; for those of us whose family, friends, neighbors, schools, congregations andcommunities include these individuals; and for achieving a stronger, more prosperous nation.It is well established that immigrants help fuel the U.S. economy with their hard work andentrepreneurship. They contribute to the national treasury and are needed to shore up Social Securityand Medicare. Our population is aging and our labor force increasingly depends upon immigrants andtheir children. A new immigration system with a roadmap to citizenship will bring aspiring citizens out of the shadows sothat they and their families may fully and equally participate in the life of our nation. Doing so not onlywill help immigrants but will profoundly benefit the community at large. It will enable economic growthand ground our national policy in the values we cherish. This is our opportunity to live up to our nation
’s
promise of the unalienable right
s of “Li
fe, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
 To acknowledge the inherent value and dignity of all human beings and to invest in our future, we mustcommit to ensuring their health and wellbeing. We ask our leaders to pass a national immigration lawgrounded in our most cherished principles. Such a policy will provide equal responsibility, and an equalopportunity to meet that responsibility, to all individuals living in the U.S.Immigration reform that reflects America
s values and priorities will provide equality and dignity andwill:
 
Help lift families out of poverty and promote economic security for all low-income families. Thisinvestment in human capital will make for a stronger, more secure nation.
 
Reaffirm our nation
s long-standing tradition of providing a core safety net for citizens and immigrantsresiding in the U.S. which will reinforce efforts to achieve national progress in health and nutrition.
 
Ensure access to key programs and public services that meet basic human needs, including healthservices and insurance, education, nutrition assistance, and working family tax credits.
 
Invest in robust efforts to integrate immigrants into their communities.
 
Ensure that all individuals have access to and pay their fair share for quality, affordable health careand receive medical care when they need it.
National Groups
 Asian & Pacific Islander American Health ForumChurch World Service
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Immigration Refugee ProgramCLASPCoalition on Human Needs First Focus National Immigration Law Center National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
605 CITIZENSHIP PROJECT9to5
 
Advocacy and Training Center Advocates for YouthAFL-CIOAIDS Community Research Initiative of AmericaAIDS UnitedAlliance for a Just SocietyAlliance for Children and FamiliesAlliance of BaptistsAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)American Federation of TeachersAmerican Medical Student AssociationAmerican Sexual Health AssociationAmerica's VoiceAnti-Defamation LeagueArab American InstituteAsian & Pacific Islander American Health ForumAsian American Justice Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing JusticeAsian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)Association of Asian Pacific Community Health OrganizationsBlack Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)Bread for the WorldBreakthroughThe CA EndowmentCampaign for America's FutureCampaign for Community ChangeCampaign to End AIDSCANN -Community Access National Network The Center for APA WomenCenter for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.Change Matrix LLCChildren's Advocacy InstituteChildren's Health FundChildren's HealthWatchThe Children's PartnershipChurch World ServiceCivil Liberties and Public Policy ProgramCLASPCoalition on Human NeedsCommittee of Interns and Residents - SEIU HealthcareCommunity Action PartnershipCommunity CatalystCongregation of St.JosephDavid Ostrow & AssociatesDemocratic Socialists of AmericaDignity HealthThe Episcopal ChurchThe Episcopal Network for Economic JusticeFilipino Advocates for JusticeFirst FocusFood Research and Action Center Gilbert Law OfficeHispanic Federation
 
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)Hmong National DevelopmentImmigrant Legal Resource Center Immigration EqualityInternational Union, UAWJewish Council for Public AffairsJustice and Peace Center- A Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph-ConcordiaKeshetKhmer Health Advocates, In.Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsLeadership Conference of Women ReligiousLegion of MaryLULACLutheran Immigration and Refugee ServiceMain Street AllianceMigrant Clinicians Network  National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum National Association of Council for Children National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems National Association of Social Workers National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition National Center for Law and Economic Justice National Center for Transgender Equality National Community Tax Coalition National Council of Jewish Women National Council on AgingThe National Crittenton Foundation National Education Association National Gay and Lesbian Task Force National Health Law Program National Hispanic Media Coalition National Immigration Law Center  National Korean American Service and Education Consortium National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty National Minority AIDS Council National Senior Citizens Law Center  National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC) National Women's Health Network  NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice LobbyOffice of Social justice, Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaPositive Women's Network- United States of AmericaProject InformProvincial Council of the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians)Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We NeedResearch Institute Without WallsRESULTSSargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawService Employees International Union (SEIU)SFNewsfeed.us

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