As the son of African refugees, the immigrant experience is particularly familiar to Representative Neguse. His parents fled from a small war-torn country in East Africa over 35 years ago. The opportunities that growing up in America brought to him and his family exemplify the American experience and what is possible when we allow everyone to succeed in our great nation. It is our immigrant experience and our diversity as a nation that has set us apart, making America the land of innovation as well as the land of opportunity. Representative Neguse also serves on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, where he is already working to defend our Dreamers, create pathways to legal immigration and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Representative Neguse believes that our current immigration system is broken and the need for reform has never been so great. In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a historic comprehensive immigration reform bill -- a historic step that ultimately amounted to nothing because Republican leaders in the House have refused to bring the bill forward for a vote. While we still may not agree on each individual provision, we have now seen the consequences of inaction. Shortly after partisan bickering derailed comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, Colorado was forced to confront the challenges of immigration at the state level.
In order to create true, long-lasting reform, we must set and achieve the following objectives:
Defend the Dreamers: In order to create real, long-lasting reform, we must create a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made lives for themselves and their families in the United States. It is essential for our national security to know who resides within our borders.
Create more pathways to legal immigration: In order to reduce unlawful immigration, we must create greater legal channels to immigrate to the United States. Both our employment-based immigration and family-based immigration systems create obstacles that are often insurmountable for business owners who depend on foreign workers and families long separated by borders. By reforming our laws and addressing the needs of the business community and immigrant families, we can and will stem the tide of unlawful immigration and protect our national security.
As the Representative for the Second Congressional District, Representative Neguse will proudly support comprehensive immigration reform and other legislation that will improve our immigration system.
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