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Shout out: Immigration advocates

At Voices for Children, our work focuses on bigger picture policy change for kids, but we know there are people on the ground doing amazing things for kids in our communities every day.  Their stories are the pieces that make up the whole story of children and youth.  The “Shout out” series highlights the groups and individuals and the good work they are doing for Nebraska’s kids.

Note: Carolyn Rooker is out of town this week enjoying a much deserved vacation, so I’m taking over her “Shout out” for the week!

 

Yesterday, the Senate approved legislation that overhauls our nation’s immigration laws.  The bill passed on a vote of 68-32 (with both Senators Johanns and Fisher voting no).  The bill includes increased border security – things like 700 miles of fence along the border, and a doubling of border patrol agents – along with a way forward to citizenship for the millions of people here without immigration status.  The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

While the battle for common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t quite yet been won, our nation is closer today than it has been for years.  That is due in large part to the tireless and persistent voices of advocates.  For years people – young and old, immigrant and native-born – have been holding rallies, calling their elected officials, and refusing to give up until our representatives fix our broken immigration system.

Before yesterday’s Senate vote, a few of us from Voices for Children had the opportunity to join our friends and partners for a press conference on immigration reform in downtown Omaha.  Darcy Tromanhauser, director of Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrants and Communities program opened the press conference:

Nebraskans call on Senators to support immigration reform from Nebraska Appleseed on Vimeo.

Our shout out today goes to our friends and neighbors all across Nebraska who have been working to create an immigration system that works for our kids and families.

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