May 10, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech today in El Paso calling for a renewed effort on comprehensive immigration reform.
As a long time advocate for immigration reform, I welcome the President’s renewed call for action on a bipartisan immigration reform bill. I remain committed to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to pass a comprehensive bill that is just, fair, and enforceable. I support a comprehensive approach that secures our borders, ensures that our laws are enforced, promotes family unification, and regularizes the status of those who currently live in the shadows. We must also protect American workers, provide for the legitimate needs of our economy, and bolster our economic growth. We are a country of immigrants, and we should honor those immigrant roots by passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Having served as both Chair and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration over the past 4 years, I’ve seen firsthand the damaging effects that our broken and dysfunctional immigration system has had on the U.S. economy and families. I agree with the President that the United States desperately needs a comprehensive solution that solves our nation’s immigration woes. However, I also believe that the President has the authority to provide immediate relief to some families facing difficulties with our draconian immigration system. He owes it to America to use the authority that the law already provides to every President.