Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grijalva: Obama Administration "Should Act Swiftly and Comprehensively" on Immigration

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva joined his Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Keith Ellison (D-MN) to urge the White House to act on immigration:

The Congressional Progressive Caucus calls on President Obama to provide comprehensive relief to immigrants residing in our nation through executive action. Expansive and robust action that addresses the economic, family, community and national problems we now face is urgently needed. Republicans in Congress have made it clear they will not engage in a good faith effort to fix our broken immigration system. The president has the legal authority and moral imperative to provide relief for over 7 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the shadows.

Our current deportation system is inhumane and wastes billions of taxpayer dollars. Choices between addressing the needs of millions of aspiring Americans and attempting to satisfy the demands of an uncompromising and entrenched opposition are inevitable. We should stand for what is right for our nation. This memo contains our requests for a new affirmative relief program and an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The administration should act swiftly and comprehensively. We should not force deserving individuals and families to wait any longer.

But Arizona Gov.-elect Doug Ducey opposes any executive action by the Obama Administration. Today's statement from Ducey:

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. I believe that everyone must be treated with respect, but the first thing Washington needs to do is rebuild our trust, as Americans, by securing the border.

This kind of unilateral action by the administration would be the wrong approach to dealing with our border crisis and I worry it will only make matters worse. I encourage President Obama to work with Congress and border state governors, like myself, to address this issue with a common-sense, step-by-step approach that starts with securing the border. I want to work with the president and our congressional delegation to address this issue, but I’m concerned that this kind of action will make those bipartisan opportunities more difficult and further exacerbate the crisis occurring on our southern border.

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