Today, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) released the following statement in reaction to the release of a bipartisan immigration reform framework in the United States Senate . The framework was released by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Immigration is an important and complex issue for our country, our state, and our local communities here on the Central Coast. Reforming what everyone acknowledges as a broken immigration system will require bipartisan consensus in both chambers of Congress. While I'm very encouraged to see a bipartisan framework emerge from the Senate that recognizes that we are a nation of laws while respecting our history as a nation of immigrants, the details of how this plan would work must be examined carefully. The framework released today contains many of the elements of a comprehensive immigration plan I have long supported, including strengthening border security, ensuring our immigration system helps our economy grow, and creating a tough but fair path to citizenship that helps keep families together. Additionally, the framework includes provisions that make youth a priority, similar to the DREAM Act, and one to help bolster our agricultural workforce, both of which have long been my top priorities. I look forward to carefully considering comprehensive legislation as it makes its way through Congress and I will continue meeting with my constituents, from farmers to high-tech businesses to immigrant rights groups, to get their input on how we can fix our broken immigration system."