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Issue Position: Immigration

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As Chairwoman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Citizenship, Refugees, Immigration, and Border Security, I've pledged to work in a bipartisan manner to achieve practical immigration reform that works for America. Our current immigration system is broken, and I believe that comprehensive reform is the solution. We need to secure our borders, ensure that our laws are enforced, and promote family values with family unification, as well as regularize the status of those who currently live in the shadows. Any plan must also protect American workers, and provide for the legitimate needs of our economy.

We must improve technology at our immigration service centers, decrease the immigration application backlog, and improve visa processing at our consulates around the world. I've introduced legislation to address the problem Amerasian children face in becoming naturalized, to address the immigration needs of soldiers and their families, to ease the adoption process for foreign children adopted by U.S. citizens, improve the way our immigration services handle foreign children who arrive at our borders with no parent or guardian, and to address several problems in attracting the best and brightest to the United States.

I've also actively supported efforts to improve the conditions of refugees. In the 108th Congress, I was a founding co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Refugee Caucus and continued in that role in the 109th and 110th Congress, helping to improve refugee resettlement assistance programs around the world.

I pledge to continue working to build an immigration system that is balanced, enforceable, and fair.

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