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Baca, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Meet with President Obama

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Discussions Focus on Path Forward for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with President Obama at the White House, to discuss how the administration and Congress can work together to address both the short and long term solutions to America's immigration crisis.

"Today's discussion with President Obama was a great chance to move the comprehensive immigration reform debate forward," said Rep. Baca. "It is encouraging to know the President understands the very real consequences that America's broken immigration system has on families, our economy, and our national security. I urge my Republican colleagues to work with the CHC and the administration, so we can bring justice and respect to the 12 to 14 million people currently forced to live in the shadows of society."

As Chair of the CHC in the 110th Congress (2007-2008), Rep. Baca led the group in a historic first meeting with then-President George W. Bush to discuss possibilities and legislative strategy to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

"The hard working men and women who are here to make a better way of life for their families are not criminals, they are an embodiment of the American Dream," concluded Rep. Baca. "Comprehensive immigration reform is the only solution to this problem that respects families, stabilizes our economy, and strengthens our border security. As we move forward, I am proud to work with President Obama and my colleagues in the CHC in our efforts to bring about real immigration reform."

Rep. Baca has been an active Member of the CHC since first coming to Congress in 1999. In addition to leading the group in its first ever meeting with a sitting President, Rep. Baca also led the CHC's successful efforts to block harmful anti-immigrant and English only amendments, and secure record levels of funding for Hispanic Serving Institutions of education.

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