Last updated on: 10/28/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The Campaign for Citizenship, a project of PICO National Network, represents immigrant families and people of faith who are working together to win citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans who are our family members, friends and neighbors. We believe that providing immigrants with a path to citizenship is consistent with American history and religious values of freedom, fairness and family. We are a community that celebrates the pluralistic nature of our country and practice welcoming the newcomer and protecting the marginalized. We view people as children of God who should be included as full-fledged members of our society, not excluded as a permanent underclass.

Our current immigration policy is breaking apart families at a level unseen in American history. That must end. Any legislative solution must ensure that all aspiring Americans who already live, work, and raise their families in the United States can become American citizens. It is morally unacceptable that millions of immigrant families live in fear of separation and cannot fully live out their God-given gifts.

We urge Members of Congress from both parties to embrace a direct and affordable path to full citizenship for all Americans regardless of race, income or current immigration status. Our leaders should move without delay in passing immigration reform legislation that includes at its heart a path to citizenship.”

PICO, “About PICO’s Campaign for Citizenship,” piconetwork.org (accessed May 18, 2016)

Description:

“PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. Since 1972 PICO has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy.
With more than 1,000 member institutions representing one million families in 150 cities and 17 states, as well as a growing international effort, PICO is one of the largest community-based efforts in the United States. Together we are lifting up a new vision for America that unites people across region, race, class, and religion.”

“About Pico,” www.PicoNetwork.org (accessed Oct. 27, 2011)

Mission:

“PICO helps engage ordinary people in public life, building a strong legacy of leadership in thousands of local communities across America.
Nonpartisan and multicultural, PICO provides an opportunity for people and congregations to translate their faith into action. More than 40 different religious denominations and faith traditions are part of PICO.”

“About Pico,” www.PicoNetwork.org (accessed Oct. 27, 2011)

Other:
501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation