I applaud President Obama's action to grant work permits and safety from deportation on a temporary basis to hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children. As a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I believe that we must focus our resources on maintaining public safety and fighting security risks rather than deporting young people who have much to contribute to this country.
I urge Congress to actively work toward comprehensive immigration reform, which must include passage of the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a pathway to permanent lawful status for eligible youth. I believe comprehensive immigration reform must also include provisions to increase immigrant investment in our urban areas. I will soon introduce a bill to boost investment and create jobs in Detroit and similar cities by changing some requirements for obtaining an EB5 visa.
I am eager to work with my colleagues in Congress to craft an immigration system founded on justice and fairness that keeps our families together, protects our workers, spurs our economy, and creates a pathway to legalization for those who have earned it.