WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Humanitarian and refugee assistance agency Church World Service on Wednesday expressed hope that the U.S. bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced today by eight senators will provide much needed reform to the country’s immigration system. But the agency reserves its detailed response pending its close review of the proposal, now in progress.

In a statement released immediately following introduction of the bill, CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough said, “CWS welcomes today's introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill. We are hopeful that such a comprehensive piece of legislation will improve the U.S. immigration system and include many of CWS's policy priorities to help build stronger, more welcoming communities.”
 
The bill was introduced by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).
 
“We thank Senators Schumer, Graham, McCain, Flake, Durbin, Rubio, Menendez and Bennet for their leadership in addressing this very important issue. CWS has been calling for immigration reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship, prioritizes family unity, and improves the lives of refugees,” McCullough said.
 
Over the next few days, CWS staff will be carefully reading the more than 1,000 page document in preparation for releasing a more detailed response to the legislative proposal.

For many years CWS has pressed for immigration reform that prioritizes family unity and provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people living and working in the U.S.  

Church World Service and McCullough have been out front in recent Washington events on the immigration reform agenda and in related media coverage.  CWS has  long offered immigration services across the U.S. and is one of just nine organizations the government works with to resettle refugees within the U.S: http://www.cwsglobal.org/what-we-do/refugees . 

More information on Church World Service immigration reform: http://www.cwsglobal.org/what-we-do/immigration/take-action/