America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.
It is time to act to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone, both from the people here illegally and those who hire them, and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules.
The President made it clear in his first term that immigration reform is a priority, he campaigned on it, has called for action, and his leadership has created the space for this important debate to move forward. That you now have Republicans joining Democrats on a bipartisan approach that is largely consistent with the President’s blueprint shows progress is possible.
President Obama’s recent commonsense immigration reform proposal has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable in order to earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, update the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
We cannot allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate. Together we can build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
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On Saturday, February 4th, I will host a community discussion with leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities in the First District in order to facilitate a dialogue on the recent executive order issued by the Trump Administration.
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on his vote against H. Res. 639, which will allow Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to file a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas on behalf of the entire House of Representatives.
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158):
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the Senate on their efforts to pass the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
"Today, the Senate worked together to address our broken immigration system. It now falls on the House to take the next step towards fixing a system that has for too long eluded comprehensive reform. It is my hope that Members continue today's spirit of bipartisanship, roll up their sleeves and get to work on this vital legislation.
(Hartford) – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after President Barack Obama presented his immigration reform proposal: