Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee's Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, issued a statement in response to the released "Standards for Immigration Reform" (pdf) that House Republicans are debating during a policy retreat this week:
"It's clear we need a reasonable and enforceable immigration system that keeps our country safe, keeps families together, and permits immigrants with drive and desire to help our nation prosper.
"While the "principles' released by Speaker Boehnner indicate an interest in reform, it's important to note that principles are very broad statements that do not reveal much detail. Those details matter and I look forward to working across party lines for immigration reform.
"I hope this is the start of a longer process of crafting legislation that can be examined, debated, and given a fair vote. From the right to the left, the economic, security, and moral arguments for immigration reform have all been made. Americans want top to bottom reform and they want to see Congress come together to fix our broken immigration system. Let's get this done."