Larson on President Barack Obama's Immigration Announcement
Hartford – Congressman John B. Larson released the following statement tonight:
“Tonight’s announcement moves us closer to fixing our failing immigration system. By using his authority - in the same manner that Presidents George H.W. Bush and Reagan did before him - to do what House Republican Leaders have so far been unwilling to do, the President will help families across the country currently stuck in limbo.
“The President also reminded the nation of the work we have left to do and the responsibility of Congress to get the job done. Right now, the House has a comprehensive immigration reform bill ready for a vote. We could deal with this immediately if House Republican Leadership were to put the measure to the floor where it would pass. We cannot continue to ignore the rising moral and economic costs of inaction and must work together to finish the job and build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system.
“With less than ten legislative days left before the New Year, immigration is one of many issues Congress must deal with. I look forward to discussing these in Connecticut’s First Congressional District over the next several days and bringing the comments and concerns of my constituents back to Washington.”