Immigration

Congress must enact comprehensive immigration reform.  A comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the U. S. Senate in 2013  with bi-partisan support including fourteen Republican Senators.

Congress must enact comprehensive immigration reform.  A comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the U. S. Senate in 2013 (S. 744, “The Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”) with bi-partisan support including that of fourteen Republican Senators.  The bill committed significant resources to border security, while creating a pathway to lawful residency and ultimately citizenship for many undocumented persons who have been in the United States since December 31, 2011, have no felony convictions nor three or more misdemeanors, pay back taxes, pass background checks and pay fees including a $1,000.00 penalty (which was designed to be paid via installments).  Provisions of the “Dream Act” were largely included in the Senate legislation, with “Dreamers” able to more quickly obtain legal status.

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the U. S. House refused to permit a vote on the Senate bill.

Congressman Rob Woodall opposed the bill.

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the U. S. House refused to permit a vote on the Senate bill.  Congressman Rob Woodall opposed the bill.

I support the Senate bill and creation of a reasonable path to legalization and citizenship as set out in the bill.   I support retaining the DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”) program to shield from deportation persons who were brought to our country illegally as children.  DACA is a humane and just means of addressing the issue while we pursue more comprehensive immigration reform.

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