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Subject: House Republicans Draft Standards For Immigration Reform

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Date Posted: 04:13:17 02/04/14 Tue

I am extremely pleased that the House Republicans have outlined principles for comprehensive immigration reform and that it is part of their 2014 legislative agenda. This is an encouraging signal that both parties in both chambers, as well as the Administration, are ready to move forward on fixing America's broken immigration system.

As they unveil more specifics of their legislation, it is crucial to find common ground with our Democratic principles to secure our borders while we protect our workers and unite our families. I am pleased that the Republicans are acknowledging that children brought to this country by their parents are entitled to citizenship. Real reform must include a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million people who are already making contributions to our country.

Creating a common sense immigration process has long been a top priority for America and the diverse constituencies that we represent. While the principles released today are a step forward, they must be consistent with our values as a nation built by immigrants. As President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address, America should remain the place where everyone has an opportunity to create a better future, regardless of one's origins. Moreover, comprehensive immigration reform will strengthen U.S. security and boost economic growth and I look forward to working with the Republicans on this important legislation." - Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

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