Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Obama’s Immigration Reform Speech


Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC): “There is no doubt, as President Obama pointed out, that the current immigration system is failing our country. We must find workable solutions for the 11 million undocumented and for the sake of our recovering economy. We applaud the president’s leadership and are glad he is working toward delivering on his campaign promise. Immigration reform started as a bipartisan issue and with President Obama’s leadership and positive reception of the Senate principles, we are confident that it will pass as a bipartisan bill. When immigrants are permitted to invest and fully contribute in America, they create American jobs and start American businesses. By extending the opportunity to our immigrant community to earn citizenship, we all get a little closer to the American dream.”

First Vice Chair Ben Ray Luján (NM-03): “Today in Nevada, President Obama reiterated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, making it his top policy priority. Comprehensive reform that is fair, tough, and practical will strengthen our economy, keep our country safe, and reflect the contributions immigrants make to our communities every day. There is a growing coalition – from the high tech sector to law enforcement, from the agricultural sector to the faith community – that is calling for action. Americans are coming together on this issue and it is time for Congress to come together to act. There is no excuse for delay.”

Second Vice Chair Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38): “I applaud President Obama for taking the case for comprehensive immigration reform directly to the American people today. Not only is our immigration system broken, but our immigration policy fails to build on our country’s great tradition of diversity, equality and fairness. It is hugely important that President Obama is making this important issue his top legislative priority. Now it’s time for Congress to act.

“We can’t wait to find a way to bring more than 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows and on the path to earned legalization, and I am encouraged by recent bipartisan efforts in the House and the Senate to develop frameworks for reform. I believe we can truly achieve meaningful immigration reform if members of Congress work together. ”

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus: “In the twenty years that I’ve served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the landscape for reforming our long-broken immigration system has never been as promising as it is today. President Obama’s principles for immigration reform complement the work that is being done in Congress.

“As the details of a reform package become clearer over the next weeks, the one necessity is that it must be done. Fixing our broken immigration system is imperative for our country, our economy, and most importantly our families. I look forward to working with President Obama, the U.S. Senate, and my colleagues in the House of Representatives to get the job done on behalf of the American people.”

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04), CHC Immigration Task Force Chair: “Enough talk from Congress. We have talked about immigration reform for a decade or more; now is the time for lawmakers in both parties to come out of the shadows and work with the President in a bipartisan way to get something done.”