SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today after attending President Barack Obama's speech in Las Vegas, Nevada, on immigration reform.
"The President showed powerful and thoughtful leadership in his remarks this afternoon. This must be the year that we address one of the critical issues facing California and the rest of the nation. I believe the President's leadership, alongside the bipartisan proposal unveiled in the United States Senate yesterday, sets the stage for a productive and successful effort to pass and implement comprehensive immigration reform.
This is certainly a complicated issue, touching on issues ranging from public health and public safety, to the very question of what it means to be an American. There are workers waiting in line all over the world who will bring with them critical skills vital to our economy, but also their hopes and dreams for a better life for their families. Those dreams are shared by the undocumented workers who are equally vital to our economy, but who are forced to live in the perpetual shadow of deportation.
Passing a sensible proposal that reforms the visa system, keeps families intact, cracks down on the worst violators of immigration and labor laws, and respects our traditions and values as a society is one of the most important public policy challenges of our times, and I am confident that with the President's leadership, it is a challenge we can solve."
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