COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - April 29, 2009)
(Mr. BACA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment for comprehensive immigration reform in an interview on Univision. The President believes ``that it is in the interest of everybody, and in the interest of the U.S. economy over time, for us to resolve this issue in a comprehensive way.''
The immigration crisis is not a problem to be left to solve tomorrow or sometime in the future. I support President Obama as he reiterates that we need to ``resolve the issue in a comprehensive way that provides a pathway to legalization but also deals more effectively with our borders.'' He has created hope and the change that this country really believes in.
We cannot ignore the 12 to 14 million undocumented immigrants working beside the rest of us every day. Thousands of young children who are U.S. citizens are being left stranded to fend for themselves as an immigration system is tearing them from their parents.
I urge my colleagues and House leadership to work with the CHC and President Obama to support a comprehensive immigration reform that respects all families.