Baca Praises Obama Administration's New Immigration Procedures

Statement

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: June 15, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) applauded the Obama Administration's announcement regarding new deferred action procedures for immigrants. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings.

"I am thrilled that President Obama has taken this responsible approach to enforcing our nation's immigration laws," Rep. Baca said. "It is important that our immigration laws take into consideration the individual circumstances of each person. These productive young people want to contribute to our society. They are hard working individuals who have lived in the United States for many years and want to achieve the American Dream just like everyone else."

Rep. Baca agreed that the DHS must continue to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders.

"We must continue to focus our enforcement priorities on high-risk criminal immigrants, not law-abiding individuals," Rep. Baca added. "I urge my colleagues to pass comprehensive immigration as the solution to fixing our broken immigration system. In addition, I have introduced H.R. 2681, the People Resolved to Obtain an Understanding of Democracy (PROUD) Act, which provides a streamlined path to citizenship for exemplary young students who were brought to the U.S. at an early age."