Statement on Safe, Orderly, Legal Visas and Enforcement Act of 2004
May 4, 2004
proud to join Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Democratic Caucus Chair
Bob Menendez as an original co-sponsor of the Safe, Orderly Legal
Visas and Enforcement Act.
is constantly being reinvigorated by the arrival of newcomers to
our country. Every day, we are strengthened by their courage, their
determination and the optimism that brought them to America. Our
immigration system, however, is both arbitrary and broken. We need
real immigration reform that reunites families, provides economic
opportunity for all, and enhances our security.
Act addresses the weaknesses of our immigration policy in a balanced
and comprehensive manner. It provides meaningful pathways for citizenship
and permanent residency for immigrants who are working hard and
paying taxes. It addresses the backlog of millions of family-based
immigration requests. The SOLVE Act provides for a temporary worker
program with strong labor protections, and creates strong wage protections
for U.S. workers and labor certification rules for U.S. employers.
It protects our security by making sure that immigration is safe,
orderly, and legal.
the President and Republican leaders in Congress appear to be engaged
in political ploys and have no intention of advancing any substantive
immigration reform proposal this year.
President is serious about making progress, he should support the
SOLVE Act and should call for immediate action on two other pieces
of legislation with widespread bipartisan support - the DREAM Act
and the AgJobs bill. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's bipartisan
DREAM Act would provide young immigrants with higher educational
opportunities. Congressman Howard Berman's AgJobs bill would enable
500,000 agricultural workers to become legal permanent residents
through earned legalization.
continue to work to bring about bipartisan immigration reform that
respects our core values -- family unity, fairness, economic opportunity
for all, and homeland security.