The immigration reform debate continues to heat up, including here in Michiana.
On Monday morning, the Northern Indiana Community Coalition for Immigration Reform met with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
This group has requested a meeting with Walorski several times to discuss her stance on the current crisis at the border. The group would like to see passage of citizenship for the eleven million people illegally living in the U.S.
Executive Director Sam Centellas from La Casa de Amistad says, “We are wanting to see some of her leadership and push for her humanitarian aid for the children while they are here in our country, and we are also looking for her support and leadership in moving immigration reform forward.”
AFL-CIO President Tony Flora says, “We came again to take a position on reform. She keeps saying she is listening and listening and we are hearing her say the following: she is not going to support comprehensive immigration reform.”
The group also maintains that the cost of deportation is so overwhelming it is simply not feasible.
Following today's meeting Congresswoman Walorski's office issued the following statement:
“Congresswoman Walorski was happy to meet with various immigration representatives today," said Lindsay Jancek, Walorski's Communication Director. "She and her staff have been and will continue to be available to discuss this important topic. As the congresswoman relayed to meeting participants, currently there is still no legislation scheduled to come before the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, we are happy to keep you updated as we have more information.”