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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. BACA. Congress is elected to solve difficult Federal problems, not walk away from them year after year. Health care reform was a difficult Federal problem with many months of debate and difficult votes, but we did it. Immigration reform is also a difficult Federal problem. At this moment, families are being torn apart. Children and parents live in fear of not seeing each other at the end of the day. In fact, there are cases where our own soldiers are returning from serving overseas, only to find their spouses deported.

Where Congress comes up short, States like Arizona are in full speed, enacting misguided laws like SB 1070 that are inspired by hate and racism. This bill hurts everyone who looks different, whether they're an American citizen, lawful immigrant, or undocumented immigrant. It violates our civil rights. The question now is, Is Congress willing to work together in a bipartisan fashion to fix a system that is broken? Families across America have waited long enough for immigration reform. We must deliver just like we have on health care reform.

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