Bush Proposal on Immigration Falls Short
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on President Bushs new immigration proposal:
Bush's re-engagement on immigration policy is welcome. But immigration
policy must not be the subject of election-year window dressing.
While the President's framework is a start, we still need a committed
effort to enact family-centered immigration policies that will reunite
families, to end the uncertainty that thousands of businesses and
millions of workers face every day, and to protect the nation.
Last year, Democrats took the lead to help immigrants in the
military become citizens of the United States. Today, Democrats
strongly support bipartisan, balanced policies such as Congressman
Howard Bermans legislation that would enable 500,000 agricultural
workers to become legal permanent residents through earned legalization.
Democrats also support Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allards
bipartisan DREAM Act that would provide young immigrants with higher
We must ensure that immigrants are not treated as second-class
citizens and that avenues are available for citizenship. As a first
step, the President should indicate his seriousness about immigration
reform by supporting immediate action on these two bipartisan bills.
Democrats stand ready to work with the President to bring about
bipartisan immigration reform that respects our core values -- family
unity, fairness, and economic opportunity for all. We do not need
to wait to begin immigration reform.