Want Congress and the White House to get serious about immigration reform?

Get off the sidelines and lend your voice to the effort.

GV Wire Publisher Darius Assemi started a petition campaign urging Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare and 13 other Valley lawmakers to stand united and support comprehensive immigration reform.

Sign the petition at the top of the GV Wire home page.

Go to Change.org and join others signing on to the immigration reform push.

Please like, share and sign the petition to support comprehensive immigration reform. Click here to sign: We Stand United – Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Why Support Immigration Reform?

We are a nation of immigrants. People from around the globe have put down roots here and helped build a strong, diverse nation filled with energy and promise.

It has been this way from the start, as the Statue of Liberty — a beacon of freedom to the world — reminds us every second and every day of the year.

Many immigrants come at our invitation to work in agriculture and the hospitality industry. They help these employers and many others remain in business and help keep many Americans employed.

Many come as children and grow up with us. They are our neighbors and our children’s classmates.

Eleven million contributing members of our nation’s communities should not be forced to live in the shadows. Neither should law-abiding immigrants be forced to leave our shores.

Immigrants are entrepreneurs. They create one-fourth of new businesses. Do you also know that immigrants and their children have founded 40% of Fortune 500 companies?

Immigrants complement and increase our workforce. Often times, they do the jobs that native-born Americans refuse to do.

What About Crime?

The common portrayal of immigrants as violent criminals isn’t born out by the facts.

Yes, a small number of immigrants commit reprehensible crimes. But as The New York Times reported earlier this year, several studies, over many years, have concluded that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. Experts say the available evidence does not support the idea that undocumented immigrants commit a disproportionate share of crime.

Gather the Facts and Decide for Yourself

Immigration reform is always controversial. Good people can arrive at different conclusions.

All we ask is that you dig in and study the facts. And if you believe, as we do, that immigration reform will strengthen America, voice your beliefs by signing these petitions.

— Written by Bill McEwen

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