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Comprehensive Immigration Reform is Needed

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is Needed--(House of Representatives, January 14 2009)

Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak on behalf of the 14 million undocumented immigrants who otherwise would not have a voice.

Our country is in desperate need of comprehensive immigration reform to ensure the security of America and to bring vulnerable families out of the shadows. We all believe in strong enforcement of our borders and the rule of the law, but we are a Nation rooted in family, faith, in core values.

What should be done about the 12 to 14 million undocumented immigrants in this country? Immigrants are part of American fabric. In fact, the work ethic of immigrants is what built this Nation and still continues to do so.

Immigrant families are facing more than just a failing economy; they live in constant fear of being torn apart. We must work together towards comprehensive immigration reform that respects families and includes family unification.

I urge my colleagues to help these working families by passing comprehensive immigration reform. Let's make America great; let's not divide it.

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