Rep. Solis Statement on STRIVE ACT
Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform at Judiciary Committee Hearing
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) submitted the following statement at a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 1645, the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy [STRIVE] Act of 2007. Solis urged the Committee to work to fix our broken immigration system while recognizing the contributions made by immigrants to this country.
"I am pleased that the Subcommittee is holding this hearing on H.R. 1645, the STRIVE Act. The United States needs effective, comprehensive immigration reform that strikes a balance between national security and a path to legal permanency for hard-working immigrants. This legislation provides the important framework to begin overhauling our broken immigration system by protecting and enforcing our borders while respecting the hard work and contributions of immigrants to our country.
"Throughout our nation's history, our country has welcomed immigrants, recognizing the enormous economic and cultural contributions that immigrants have made to this nation. It is important that we continue to honor this tradition. Unfortunately, our immigration system is broken, leaving hard working and law abiding individuals in the shadows of society. For this reason, I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform which provides for family reunification, earned legalization, educational opportunities, and honors our tradition as a nation of immigrants.
"Whether it is a family member, a friend, the person who sits next to us in church, or the person who picks the fruits and vegetables we eat everyday, we are all touched by immigrants and affected by the lack of comprehensive and realistic immigration reform.
"I am hopeful that this Congress will have the opportunity to consider the STRIVE Act, as it represents a critical first step to fixing our fragile immigration system in a comprehensive manner."