U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today issued the following statement on the immigration reform proposals made by President Obama and members of Congress:
"I applaud President Obama and members of the House and Senate for taking the initiative to fix our broken immigration system.
Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue, and must be a priority for the new Congress and the President's second term.
Providing a pathway to citizenship, improving enforcement of immigration laws and modernizing the legal immigration system are critical to any overhaul of our nation's immigration laws. And any serious legislative package must address a way to reduce the backlog for legal immigrants, a problem for which I have long argued must be fixed.
The conversation our country is finally having about reforming our immigration system is encouraging, especially after many years of doing nothing. As the daughter of immigrants, I look forward to tackling this critical issue so that millions can continue to achieve the American dream."