Comprehensive Immigration Reformby Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Posted on 2014-03-25
JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute.)
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address a question that
the American people have been raising for more than a decade: When will
we address the question of human dignity of so many who are in our
country who desire the status of citizenship? When will we pass a
sensible, reasonable immigration reform legislation or package? Will we
combine our concern for national security with border security, along
with human dignity?
The question is being asked by constituents from my 18th
Congressional District in Houston. It is being asked by the American
Jewish Committee. It is being asked by Cardinal DiNardo in the most
eloquent and passionate way as they met last week to hear from voices
of those who have not heard the answer. Or the 139 who showed up at a
press conference some weeks ago, standing with me, demanding that
people be given their human dignity. Or the leadership from Ireland who
was here at a St. Patrick's Day luncheon who stood up and asked the
Speaker, When are we going to put comprehensive immigration reform on
the floor of the House.
This is a multicultural challenge to America. This is an economic challenge. This is from the Irish. This is from South Asians, from Asians. This is from people from Bangladesh, from Poland. It is all over America. Let's pass comprehensive immigration reform.