Pelosi: Bush Proposal on Immigration Falls Short
January 7, 2004
Washington, D.C.-House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on President Bush's new immigration proposal:
"President Bush's re-engagement on immigration policy is welcome. But immigration policy must not be the subject of election-year window dressing. While the President's framework is a start, we still need a committed effort to enact family-centered immigration policies that will reunite families, to end the uncertainty that thousands of businesses and millions of workers face every day, and to protect the nation.
"Last year, Democrats took the lead to help immigrants in the military become citizens of the United States. Today, Democrats strongly support bipartisan, balanced policies such as Congressman Howard Berman's legislation that would enable 500,000 agricultural workers to become legal permanent residents through earned legalization. Democrats also support Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's bipartisan DREAM Act that would provide young immigrants with higher educational opportunities.
"We must ensure that immigrants are not treated as second-class citizens and that avenues are available for citizenship. As a first step, the President should indicate his seriousness about immigration reform by supporting immediate action on these two bipartisan bills. Democrats stand ready to work with the President to bring about bipartisan immigration reform that respects our core values-family unity, fairness, and economic opportunity for all. We do not need to wait to begin immigration reform."