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Nov 20, 2014

Melanie L. Campbell’s Statement Supporting Executive Action for Immigration Reform

Melanie L. Campbell made the following remarks at a press conference November 20, 2014 at National Press Club in Washington, DC:

Today, I join my colleagues representing the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR) and Black Youth Vote!, to stand in solidarity with our civil rights and social justice organization leaders urging President Obama to take immediate action to fix our country’s immigration system.

We believe President Obama’s immigration proposal is fair for all American workers in our nation and includes a fair roadmap for undocumented immigrants to gain the opportunity to become full tax-paying citizens of these United States.

For those of you, who don’t think immigration impacts the African American community, think about the fact that one-fourth of the Black population in New York, Boston, and Miami are foreign born and more than 3 million U.S. immigrants are of African descent including Caribbean, African and Afro-Latino immigrants.

Also, repairing the broken immigration system will stop enabling employers to exploit immigrants and African American workers, which will aid in the fight for jobs with livable wages.

The Black Women’s Roundtable represents millions of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, families and mentors from across the country. We believe that continuing to have an immigration system that separates children from their parents, is morally wrong and goes against the rich history of the United States as a nation of immigrants.

The Bible teaches us in Mathew 25:40, “what you for the least of these, you have done it unto me.” Therefore, we believe fixing our broken immigration system is not just the right thing to do, it’s not just the American thing to do, it is the righteous and just thing to do.

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