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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Location: Washington, DC

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - July 28, 2009)


Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, President Kennedy once said, ``Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.''

Immigrants take this question to heart. Not only do they ask what they can do for their country, but they also ask what they can do for their communities and for their families as well. Simply put, immigrants are one of the hardest working groups in America, regardless of legal status. Their willingness to work and to gain assimilation into American society and culture greatly benefits our country.

This month in Iraq, 237 foreign-born U.S. servicemembers became citizens of this country. This is a key example of the level of dedication--I state ``dedication''--and service that immigrants give to America.

I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work with President Obama and with CHC to pass comprehensive immigration reform.


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