Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), issued the following statement on CHC's principles for immigration reform:
"Twenty years ago, Congressman Luis Gutierrez and I arrived in the halls of Congress to make a difference, to put forward common sense solutions for our country and to fix what is broken. Over the years, when it comes to immigration policy, we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. From fighting off ideological and partisan plans that would round up families and deport children, to voting to pass the DREAM Act of 2010 in the House of Representatives, we, along with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other congressional leaders, have been through it all. Over the last two decades, with all these ups and downs, one thing has remained the same: our unwavering commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform.
"Today, I join my colleagues in the CHC to affirm our commitment to these principles and towards a solution that honors America's legacy as a nation of immigrants. We stand ready to work with members of both parties, to engage in good faith negotiations and to pursue what President Obama has identified as one of his legislative priorities next year -- to finally enact smart, tough and sensible immigration reform."