Artists call for fair immigration reform in U.S.

Los Angeles, May 7 (EFE).- About 100 artists and performers on Tuesday issued a call to President Barack Obama and members of Congress to approve an immigration reform package that would put an end to deportations and include a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country.

Film stars like Robert Redford, Ed Harris and Edward James Olmos, bands such as R.E.M. and several Pulitzer Prize winners are behind the open letter published on the Migration Is Beautiful Web page, which calls current immigration law "incoherent and inhumane."

"With federal policy in tatters, states have passed immoral laws of questionable constitutionality that profile, isolate, and criminalize immigrants," the letter says.

"Creating a just and humane immigration process is a moral and cultural imperative that secures the future of a vibrant nation," the missive asserts.

The artists are proposing that the reform ensure that "all immigrants have basic workers' rights" and "create a clear roadmap to citizenship that includes all 11 million undocumented immigrants."

Among the signers of the letter are novelists Daniel Alarcon, Junot Diaz, Salman Rushdie and Luis Urrea, actors John Leguizamo and Rosario Dawson, the members of the La Santa Cecilia quartet and the group Ozomatli.