Rep. Lofgren applauds President’s commitment to improve immigration system, urges further action

November 20, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today in support of President Obama's commitment to improve the nation's immigration system and urged additional action to protect farmworkers and parents of DREAMers from deportation. Lofgren is the Senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

"I applaud President Obama for promising today to take action that will improve our nation's immigration system. This is an important step towards ensuring that millions of families in America can live without fear of needless separation and deportation, and a promise that will improve our communities and our economy. In particular, for the up to 5 million families directly impacted by today's announcement, this comes as a tremendously welcome and historic reprieve.

"I hope the President will build on this significant step by fully exercising his legal authority to also protect from deportation the parents of DREAMers and the hard-working farmworkers who put food on our tables and support the agricultural industry that is so important to our nation's economy.

"Likewise, I hope my colleagues in Congress will build on this occasion by advancing legislation to mend our nation's broken immigration laws. Lasting and meaningful reform requires legislation, but to date, Republicans in Congress have shown they are unwilling or incapable of advancing serious reform. Until that time, the President should exercise every lawful authority at his disposal to improve our broken immigration system, spur entrepreneurship and growth, and improve the lives of Americans and immigrants alike."

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