COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - February 26, 2009)
Mr. BACA. America recently elected not just the first African American to serve as President but also the son of an immigrant. Yet, the positive contributions of immigrants never seem to make it through the smoke of politics that blurs the issue of immigrant reform.
We must not forget that we are a Nation built by immigrants. Today, there are 12 to 14 million undocumented, hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy.
As we struggle to rebuild our economy, we must not forget that a comprehensive immigration reform is needed to bring out of the shadows hardworking immigrants. We must make sure that all workers are on a level of playing field and that the exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers ends.
We must make sure that unscrupulous employers are punished and that families are respected.
I urge my colleagues to work with me and for the President to keep his word and work towards comprehensive immigration reform.