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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. 

jim January 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM
The only issue; other than glad to hear the libs are finally willing to secure the borders; is getting the unlawful aliens extradited. They are the gang bang leaders that are controlling the alien activists and disrupting progress. These folks are also the ones seen at occupy rallies, closing port rallies and the like. The so called bi-partisans need to fix the courts as well as the spending. Get rid of TORT!
Clintonista80 January 31, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Agree with most of what George says, except for the path to citizenship part. This should never happen.
Regular Guy January 31, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Chain migration is the core issue. Neither party will mention it. It began in 1965 and it has increased poverty in this country (while decreasing poverty south of the border through remittances) more than almost anyone wants to acknowledge. Ending family preferences will end chain migration. Border security will not. Unless we want to become Central America, chain migration must end and be replaced by a system that admits immigrants whose skills match our economy needs. I will support any immigration law that ends chain migration. Once that happens amnesty is no problem. Nor is a porous border or lax tourist visas. Without chain migration we will have room to admit many more skilled immigrants legally. That will take most of the pressure off the border.
Dive Turn Work January 31, 2013 at 07:56 AM
We need to offer citizenship to the educated immigrants - doctors, engineers, and the like (but not lawyers - we already have too many of those and should create a mandatory export program for them). No sense letting the smart ones who will pay taxes get away.
c5 January 31, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I think the general outline of the plan put together by the 'group of 8' senators is a good one. It includes a tough but fair path to citizenship which from a practical standpoint is the only way to get reform done, plus border security and the other elements that we need. I hope the president stays out of this one and lets the legislators do their work, as that method stands the best chance of success.
Chris Nicholson January 31, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I distinguish between the marketing rhetoric in Miller's statement (which is mostly motherhood and apple pie) and the core issue of effective amnesty and citizenship (deeply troubling and not to be applied as a default policy). My framework here is simple: when people line up at the border, we do a calculation of whether letting the person in will be accretive or dilutive to GDP per capita (or some other measure). If we better off with them, let them in. We also have a maximum absorption rate that needs to be considered. We should use a variant of this w/r/t to people here illegally. I agree with DTW that the educated folks are a no brainer. Everyone with a college degree can stay--- but they should pay a penalty. People who are not fluent English speakers who make less than median income are also no brainers: no citizen ship, but perhaps a green card. To take the voting politics out of it, I would say that the "path to citizenship" should involve English fluency and living/working LEGALLY in the U.S. for at least 10 years. The clock doesn't start until you come clean and normalize your status (if you are eligible to stay). The border control and other "get tough" talk/provisions are a smoke screen designed to provide politicians political "cover" with voters so they don't get called out for "voting for amnesty." We should ignore this stuff and focus on the citizenship stuff.
Richard Colman January 31, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Free trade means the free movement of goods, services, money, and people. In the United States, there is free trade among the 50 states (and other American jurisdictions). Free trade with Canada should be acceptable. So should free trade with Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Europe (including Great Britain), Australia, and New Zealand. For some reason, free trade -- including the free movement of people -- between America and Latin American countries upsets many Americans. So here is an extreme choice: (1) have free trade between America and Latin America and abolish the American welfare state or (2) limit free trade -- there would be no movement of people -- with Latin America and keep the American welfare state. Richard Colman Orinda, CA E-mail: rcolman@biocorp.com
Ralph Hoffmann January 31, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Yes, I agree with George Miller's statement.
Chris J Kapsalis January 31, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I resent we spent thousands to bring my wife here form Canada, while people from other countires are left be? Let stay here. Bt I do think it shoudl be as hard to buy anythign made or picked by illigal labor as it is to buy a cuban cigar. Also it should be an extreamly stiff fine to knowingly hire an illigal. I do not nessarly blame hungry people from coming here to work or live. I do blame us though, who benifit from illigal workers from what we buy to where we golf. We all eed to boycott anythign that is in any way produced with any undocumented workers. The flood would slow of peopel coming here illigally if we made it harder for them to find work here. Or impossible. Do what we had to do, go throught ht imagration process. It is work. It takes time. But it is legal. And it would help America in more ways than one.
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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