George Rodriguez Statement on Senate Immigration Proposal

South Texas Alliance for Progress

 

January 29, 2013

 

Subject: Statement on the U.S. Senate’s Immigration Proposal

 

Contact: George Rodriguez, President, South Texas Alliance for Progress,

210-367-2058

 

The South Texas Alliance for Progress applauds the U.S. Senate’s bi-partisan efforts to address to fix the broken immigration system. We feel there are some good elements in their proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. We also support the idea of a temporary worker program.

 

However, we have some deep concerns about their proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally and to reward them with citizenship is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.

 

Finally, we are very skeptical that President Obama will accept this bi-partisan proposal because he seems more interested in politicalizing and dividing the nation than in seeking bi-partisan solutions. This is a good start, but unless Obama supports the proposals, and unless people who broke the law are justly handled, we will not be able to fix our broken immigration system.

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