COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - June 04, 2009)
(Mr. BACA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. BACA. For over a year now, I have been coming to the floor to continue to advocate for the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform. While we debate health care and energy legislation, which are important, let us not forget about another urgent situation that is getting worse in America.
To those who say that comprehensive immigration must wait, I ask, how do we humanely deal with the 14 million undocumented immigrants in this country whose lives are being affected every day? How should we respond to thousands of innocent children that increasingly are left to fend for themselves as bureaucratic and outdated immigration laws keep them from their parents?
Our immigration system does not fit the current immigration reality. We need comprehensive immigration reform that respects families and protects our borders and makes America safer.
I urge my colleagues to do the right thing. Look past politics and work with the CHC and pass comprehensive immigration reform.