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Received this e-mail today from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D. IL-08) regarding immigration reform:
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) attends a celebration for leading women in Washington hosted by GOOGLE, ELLE, and The Center for American Progress on January 20, 2013 in Washington, United States.  (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ELLE)
My perspective on immigration is based on my family’s story: my father’s family has served the United States since the American Revolution, while my mother is an immigrant who became a citizen in her fifties. I know firsthand how immigrants’ hard work and love of country have made us the strong, diverse nation we are today.

When I was in high school, my father lost his job supporting the UN overseas and moved the family back to the United States. During that difficult time, our family was separated for more that six months while my mother waited for a visa to be able to join us in the U.S. I can only imagine how hard it must be for families that have been separated for much longer.

Our immigration system is broken and it’s time to fix it. Click here to automatically sign my petition calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform:

Our current immigration system hasn’t changed in decades and it no longer reflects 21st century realities. We need an immigration system that is practical, fair and humane. It must allow immigrants currently living in the shadows to become citizens and pursue the American Dream. At the same time, it must be fair to those who have been waiting in line to come here legally and it must protect our nation’s security.

With the Senate recently unveiling its plan for immigration reform, we have a critical opportunity to push this issue forward.

The best way for us to break through Washington’s gridlock is with thousands of voices calling for comprehensive reform. Please join me in urging Congress to act now:

Thank you for your support,


You can sign Duckworth's petition here:

Originally posted to pdc on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos, Land of Lincoln Kos, and Chicago Kossacks.

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