PCHR responds to President Obama’s immigration reform speech

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Chair Thomas H. Earle today offered this reaction to the immigration reform address President Obama presented to the nation last night on behalf of PCHR:

“The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations applauds the courageous and prudent action President Obama proposed concerning immigration reform. He offered a rational, thoughtful and achievable set of steps that would lessen anxiety among hundreds of thousands of families in the United States, support law enforcement as well as provide a road map toward a more comprehensive path for the long-term solutions that so many desire.

“As we approach the holiday season, President Obama could provide no better gift than piece of mind for parents and children as well as solid leadership on a complex issue that reverberates in nearly every community in this country, with Philadelphia being no exception.

“As the city’s investigators of national origin and language discrimination claims, our commission sees first-hand the impact actual reform stands to have, and we look forward to the strengthening the rich diversity of our city and nation. For this, we are grateful for the president’s strong leadership on this important interim step in much needed immigration reform.”

PCHR is the agency charged with diffusing inter-group conflict within the city and ensure fair dealings in employment, housing, public accommodations and real estate, as outlined in the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance, Philadelphia’s guiding civil rights legislation.

Learn more by calling (215) 686-4670 or visiting www.phila.gov/humanrelations.

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