Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's plan for immigration reform.
"I support the President's blueprint for immigration reform--it strikes a fair balance between laws to protect our citizenry and the opportunity for others to work and live here legally through a well-defined process.
"Our country should welcome immigrants--individuals and their families--who want the opportunity to thrive and succeed on our shores. A comprehensive policy must create a tough but fair pathway to legal status for the millions of hardworking immigrants who are already here contributing to our communities, including foreign students who want to innovate here. This plan must establish legal opportunities for workers pivotal to our job market and allow families to reunite by alleviating long backlogs and recognizing same sex partnerships. Finally, the path forward must ensure that our northern and southern borders are safe and secure from foreign threats, especially drug trafficking and terrorism."