At a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on March 14, American Families United President Randall Emery urged lawmakers to create immigration laws that respect the rights of U.S. citizens.
“It is often said that our immigration laws are broken, but not why. It’s simple: our laws contradict our values,” Mr. Emery told the committee, which includes waiver reform supporters Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). “New laws must reflect old values: marriage, family.”
The hearing on “The Separation of U.S. families under Current Immigration Law” also included witnesses from the Migration Policy Institute and the National Council of La Raza.
American Families United member Mathi Mugilan Paguth Arivalan, who is waiting two and half years for a visa for his wife, also testified. Mr. Emery called the lengthy delays like Mr. Arivalan’s “indefensible”.
“It defies our national interest to tell a new American that they cannot marry, cannot really start a new life in the United States, until they become a U.S. citizen,” he said. “What national interest could it possibly serve, to tell husbands and wives that they must sleep in separate countries for five years?”
Additionally, Mr. Emery reminded the committee that the separation of American families often includes U.S. citizens.
“We also urge due process waiver reform, because the families of US citizens should be treated at least as generously as anybody else in comprehensive immigration legislation.” he said.
To view the hearing and listen to American Families United’s full testimony, please visit: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_03142013.html (Please note: the hearing starts at minute 33:00 in the second video)