Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) released the following statement after President Obama announced his vision for comprehensive immigration reform during a speech in Las Vegas today:
"I applaud President Obama for taking the case for comprehensive immigration reform directly to the American people today. Not only is our immigration system broken, but our immigration policy fails to build on our country's great tradition of diversity, equality and fairness. It is hugely important that President Obama is making this important issue his top legislative priority. Now it's time for Congress to act.
"We can't wait to find a way to bring more than 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows and on the path to earned legalization, and I am encouraged by recent bipartisan efforts in the House and the Senate to develop frameworks for reform. I believe we can truly achieve meaningful immigration reform if members of Congress work together. "
On Friday, Congresswoman Sánchez joined other members of leadership from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) for a meeting at the White House to discuss comprehensive immigration reform with President Obama. During this meeting, the President told CHC leadership that passing comprehensive immigration reform is his top legislative priority.