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Working Towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

WORKING TOWARDS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - March 05, 2009)

Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, President Obama has said ``our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.'' Yet there are those that are full of hate and anti-immigration rhetoric that cannot see the rich contributions immigrants have made to this country.

Racial profiling in my district alone is alarming and the controversy of enforcement practices must be investigated. We will not stand for enforcement-only approaches that create a mistrust of law enforcement amongst the public. We need comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the real issues, respects families and includes enforcement and security of our Nation.

Congress needs to be proactive on this issue, instead of reactive to the negative few who preach enforcement-only failed approaches.

I urge my colleagues with the help of the CHC to have President Obama and Speaker Pelosi work towards comprehensive immigration reform.

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