Do You Agree with George Miller's Statement on Immigration Reform Plans?

The longtime congressman said it was time to fix a broken system, and outlined his ideas for what a successful proposal should include.

Rep. George Miller (D-CA11) said Wednesday that he supported a bipartisan plan to overhaul federal immigration laws. Miller’s statement is below:

"I am encouraged to see President Obama and a bipartisan group of Senators independently announce broad plans for moving forward with comprehensive immigration reform.  It is a positive sign that there is bipartisan collaboration in both houses, and an early commitment from the President in his second term.  For a comprehensive proposal to be successful, it must strengthen our borders, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers, provide a fair and honest path to citizenship for millions of immigrants, and streamline our legal immigration system to attract the best minds to America, rather than ceding their skills to other countries. It is time to fix our broken immigration system and I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress to do so."

Watch: Barack Obama explains why he thinks the time for immigration reform is now

Read: The President says he wants the deal done in six months. 

Ron Matthews , author/visionary January 31, 2013 at 05:56 PM
It is time for reform. I had a job 4 years ago that took me to every immigration facility in the US. Some of the detainees are people that have committed crimes, served their time and were waiting deportation. No country wants those types. We deport them and that broadens the evil. They do not suddenly become nice people. Their gangs spread. No good solution. But some have been here so long, they often have no idea how to survive in their native country. Usually petty crimes got them discovered. Then you have unskilled day laborer types. The ICE centers are full of those. They are cheap labor for contractors and other unskilled work. Skilled people have plenty of work in Mexico and other countries. They are the issue. We need them . Legalizing them would not stop the flow and would drive up labor costs. Many are taken advantage of. Citizenship should come with mandatory American culture classes and public service for a two year period. That gives them vested interest. Plus a probation period of good behavior. We did not take adequate measures to keep them out and we need to sign them up and get their tax money. This country is taking greater measures to keep them out now, and still soapy get through . We need to liberally hand out passes to laborers. Keep exporting the felons. And make it easy for long term residents to get citizenship. Secure the border better. Motion detection?
Tom Conrad January 31, 2013 at 07:06 PM
This is long overdue. I agree with Congressman Miller's statement with one exception--I do not see the need to secure the borders. Who are we going to secure them from? Is it to keep Americans from fleeing to Mexico? The streaming of illegals from Mexico and Central America has all but stopped since the economic meltdown in October 2008. This notion of building a border fence is absolute insanity. What do want to accomplish--making it look and operate like the West Bank between Palestine & Israel? We have much better places to put our tax dollars. Tom Conrad Walnut Creek
Sal Crispi January 31, 2013 at 08:24 PM
It's time to end this. From all & have read and seen, the Senate Committee is on the right track. The undocumented have to earn their path to citizenship. Many of them have been here for 10 years or longer. Let's get this done with the least amount of political bs! Ted43
mikedude January 31, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Tom, you are either willfully ignorant or seriously misinformed. NET migration is the closest to zero it's ever been, but that is not even remotely the same as NO migration or NO illegal immigration. Due to our own economy being in the gutter and improved conditions in Mexico, a large number of legal and illegal immigrants are moving back. However, they are all being replaced by new legal and illegal immigrants entering the US. As soon as the economy picks up again, the floodgates will open once again. You are correct that a border fence is completely unfeasible. However, we still need the border patrol and it needs to be increased. An E-Verify-like system should be absolutely mandatory for all current employees and all future hires of every single company and business to weed out the illegals that refuse to make their presence known and attempt to fix their status. MASSIVE fines per illegal hired must be imposed on any company that hires illegals. Employers should be absolutely terrified of hiring an illegal. These are common sense components of any comprehensive immigration reform.
Louise Benvenue January 31, 2013 at 10:08 PM
It is my understanding that there are soooo many people in the US from Mexico, and Central American countries that rounding them up, holding them some place, processing documents and "sending them home" would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. And then, if they returned; the process would begin again. Pointless. Put in a program. I agree with Miller and others. Time to stop fighting gravity, already.


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