June 28, 2013
Caption: Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela
“Yesterday was a historic day in the U.S. Senate. Overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents and will reunite families. Senate approval of this bipartisan bill will allow millions of people living in the shadows to become an integral part of society and at the same time, it will increase security along the Mexican border. This decision brings Congress a step closer to passing a major immigration reform and I feel very hopeful. The majority of the city council and I took an official stand on the immigration issue by adding the topic of comprehensive immigration reform to the city’s 2013 federal legislative agenda and we will continue doing our part to try to make this immigration reform a reality.
Comprehensive immigration reform is not only beneficial for millions of families, but it is also critical to stimulate our economy. The Congressional Budget Office recently released a report on the Senate immigration bill and according to the analysis, the bill would generate $459 billion in revenue between 2014 and 2023. Leaders from the business, faith-based, nonprofit and labor organizations continue to ask our congressional members for support and leadership in addressing this critical issue.”
-- Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela