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Julio Magana and others participate in a march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The marchers were calling for a new immigration system with a real and inclusive path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, and to keep families together.
One of the country's oldest and best known environmental groups stepped into the national debate over immigration Thursday.
The Sierra Club announced that it supports creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
"Clean environment is a human right," explained Sierra Club President Allison Chin. "Keeping with that vision, the Sierra Club wants to help ensure that those who are the most disenfranchised and most impacted by pollution have the voice to fight polluters, and advocate for climate solutions without fear."
The organization says its stance on the immigration issue has overwhelming support from its members and other allies.
"As the largest environmental grass-roots organization, we have a leadership role to play,” said Chin. “We hope other folks will follow suit, and be influenced by our ability to stand up and take a strong position.”
The Sierra Club has over 2-million members and supporters across the country.