Baca Stresses Need to Solve Our Immigration Problems

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: May 5, 2004
Location: Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today presented a statement on the floor of the United States House of Representatives on H.R. 4262, the SOLVE Act of 2004.

The SOLVE act would reform the nation's immigration laws. Congressman Gutierrez introduced this legislation yesterday. Congressman Baca was an original co-sponsor of the bill.

Congressman Baca provided the following statement:

"Under this bill, immigrants waiting more than 5 years will be given a visa outside the per-country limits. In addition, immediate relatives would no longer count against the 480,000 limit on family-based visas. If we truly value the family unit, we cannot keep in place policies that tear it apart."

"We must reward work by granting immigrants who work hard and pay taxes the opportunity to earn a green card."

"This bill will allow immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for 5 years and worked for 2 years to be eligible for legalization, including spouses and children."

"Immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years would be eligible for a 3-year visa. The visa would allow immigrants to live, work, and travel legally in the U.S., and apply for a green card after two years of work history."

"This proposal creates a new visa for low-skilled workers, such as agricultural farm workers. These workers will be paid a prevailing wage so that Americans do not suffer from lower wages, and the bill makes sure companies hire American workers first."

"The confusing system we have today is so difficult to navigate that it encourages many to immigrate illegally as a first resort."

"The fact is that we can reduce illegal immigration by having fair and reasonable immigration laws."