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We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

WE NEED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - September 24, 2008)

(Mr. BACA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I speak on behalf of the 12 to 14 million immigrants who otherwise would not have a voice.

America was founded by the sweat and tears of immigrants and hardworking families. The strong work ethic of immigrants has always been the cornerstone of this country. Today there are many immigrant families that continue to live by and reinforce America's tradition of hard work.

These immigrant families day after day sacrifice to make ends meet. At a time of skyrocketing gas and food prices, we must recognize these sacrifices.

These are the same sacrifices made by many other families in America. History is full of examples of how immigrant groups unjustly were seen as popular targets. Why are we repeating these same cruel mistakes? What about love thy neighbor?

We cannot let anti-immigration rhetoric rule our actions. I urge my colleagues to join me in comprehensive immigration reform for the immigrant families who love America and continue to sacrifice.

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