Senator Boxer on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Friday, July 1, 2011
I am proud to co-sponsor a bill that Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recently introduced to reform our nation’s broken immigration system.
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 (S.1258) would strengthen border security, enhance employee verification laws, and provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States who pay taxes, learn English, pay a fine, pass a background check, and go to the back of the line.
Our bill would also enact the DREAM Act, which creates a path to legal status for individuals who were brought to the United States as children, along with the AgJOBS bill, which would help California agriculture by providing a path to permanent residency for farmworkers.
Independent studies have shown that comprehensive immigration reform will create jobs, increase revenues, and strengthen our economy. When immigrants are able to come out of the shadows, they spend money freely in our communities, and our industries – from agriculture to high tech – will benefit.
While a majority of Americans support commonsense immigration reform, fixing our broken system this year will not be easy. Nevertheless, I stand ready to address this challenge and will work for solutions that will benefit our nation.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer