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“Hard-working families in pursuit of the American Dream have been shortchanged for far too long with an immigration system that is outdated, inefficient, and systematically flawed. I am in full support of efforts in Congress to overhaul our immigration system. We need a legal and fair system that promotes job growth, family reunification, and economic and national security.”

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As the son of an immigrant parent, I understand the hardships of those who are stuck in a system that does not function properly – often denying hardworking people a clearly defined, legal path to citizenship while at times separating families for years at a time. I plan on supporting a bipartisan plan that includes increasing border security, holding employers accountable to the worker verification process, increasing access to worker visas, and streamlining a legal path to citizenship for those who seek it. This is why I cosponsored  the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill nearly identical to the bill passed by a wide bipartisan margin in the Senate in 2013.  I am extremely disappointed that the House has yet to make any efforts to address our broken immigration system.

Executive Action

While Congress has refused to act, millions of families across our country and in California have lived under the threat of deportation. I have repeatedly urged the President to use his authority and protect families until Congress passes immigration reform.  In doing so, the President would be using his power consistent with his authority and in line with many of his predecessors, both Republican and Democrat.

I am pleased that the President is indeed taking executive action to shield as many as 5 million people from deportation—mothers and fathers and DREAMers among them.  I applaud the President acting so that thousands of families in my district will not have to live with the fear of being separated.  This is about parents, about families, and about children.


For more information concerning my work and views on immigration, please contact me.

 
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