Immigration Reformby Representative Adam B. Schiff
Posted on 2013-12-11
SCHIFF asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call on Speaker Boehner to
allow passage of the comprehensive immigration reform legislation. It
is vital that we approach the issue of immigration with a sense of
urgency, a spirit of compassion, and a commitment to security. Most
important, reform must provide a path to citizenship for undocumented
immigrants and allow them to emerge from the shadows.
My congressional office has one of the highest volumes of immigration cases in California, and the stories that are shared with me are heartbreaking. I receive calls from constituents every day describing the hardships that our broken immigration system has placed on their families, and I have heard their pleas for help.
The current wait time for many family members to reunite in the United States can be 10 years or more. DREAMers who came to the United States as young children and are pursuing a college degree or serving in the military have limited or no career opportunities and are stuck in endless limbo.
Our broken immigration system takes a terrible toll on innocent families, local law enforcement, and our economy. We must not further delay action. The time to fix it is now.