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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

We need urgent action on comprehensive immigration reform. I proudly support this reform because we need an immigration system that matches the agility and competitiveness of the 21st Century global marketplace and that secures our border in a way that promotes the practice of legal immigration.

America’s immigration system is broken and the status quo continues to hold back our economic potential. But rather than work to secure the border or fix our broken immigration system, this Republican Congress continues to play politics and kick the can down the road.

I applaud President Obama for taking steps to prevent children, and their parents, from being punished for the failures of politicians. I believe the DREAM Act is an essential part of comprehensive immigration solutions. Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school. By passing the DREAM Act, we can start to provide legitimate pathways to citizenship for these immigrants who were brought here as small children to pursue their dreams and contribute through college or military service.

Passing comprehensive immigration reform, and making DACA and DAPA permanent will free people from living in the shadows of fear of deportation to be able to pursue higher education, buy homes, start businesses and expand our economy. This will strengthen the communities of the 10th district, and our nation.

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