No More Excuses: Time to Move Forward on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release

Contact: 
Teddy Davis
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teddy.davis@seiu.org

No More Excuses: Time to Move Forward on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON - Service
Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Eliseo
Medina released the following statement after the United States Senate
reconvened on Thursday to approve $600 million in additional border
security spending:

“In
recent years, Republican leaders in Congress have repeatedly refused to
support comprehensive immigration reform by insisting that border
security must come first.
 
“But
these Members know full well that the United States has spent tens of
billions of dollars increasing personnel and technology at the border
for more than 25 years and that border security alone will never solve
our immigration problems.
 
“We will not achieve true security until we enact all of the interconnected parts of comprehensive reform:
  • A worker visa system that protects American workers and reflects our economy’s actual labor needs in the 21st century and beyond; 
  • A
    plan under which undocumented workers who have built up lives here can
    remain and eventually earn citizenship if they pay taxes, learn English,
    and get right with the law; 
  • An end to immigration backlogs that separate families;
  • An accurate employer verification system that protects privacy and worker rights; and
  • Improved border security.

The United States Congress has now acted in a bipartisan fashion to put more personnel and technology at the border.

Make
no mistake: on its own, this legislation will not fix America’s broken
immigration system – the American people and every member of Congress
knows that.
 
But
it does eliminate the No. 1 excuse that Republicans have given for
inaction on the broader reform our nation desperately needs: inaction
that plays right into the hands of bad-actor employers who want to
continue to divide and exploit workers.
 
It
is time for Congress -- Democrats and Republicans -- to show the
political courage needed to give our country comprehensive immigration
reform.
 
Republicans
who have refused to engage now have a choice: they can come up with
more excuses or they can get serious about finding a solution.
 
If
Republicans refuse to step forward at this point, it will be a sure
sign that they are putting politics ahead of policy. If that happens,
they should be ashamed of themselves for failing the American people.” 
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