Larsen: Even With New Protections, Time is Now For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Nov 20, 2014 Issues: Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, released the following statement tonight about President Obama’s executive order to defer deportation for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have been in the U.S. for more than five years and meet certain requirements, and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Larsen also called again for comprehensive immigration reform. He is an original cosponsor of H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.
“I understand the President’s decision today to defer deportation for millions of immigrants here illegally who have children who are American citizens or legal residents. Our country’s immigration system should not focus on tearing families apart, but instead on upholding national security and public safety. That is one of many reasons why the real solution to the complex issue of immigration must be comprehensive, like the reform bill I have long supported.
“Republicans should channel their outrage about the President’s decision into voting on the bipartisan comprehensive reform bill the Senate already passed. The President has said Congressional action would override his executive order, so there is a clear solution to Republicans’ indignation – let the House vote.
“Because of House Republicans’ inaction, I asked the President earlier this year to consider expanding prosecutorial discretion guidelines that account for ties immigrants have here, like close family members in the U.S. who are citizens, legal permanent residents, or DREAMers. I support steps like this within the confines of the law that focus resources on those who pose a threat to public safety, not separating families," Larsen said.