Representative Blumenauer Applauds President Obama’s Action on Immigration

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—November 21, 2014. The President’s bold action is the right path forward, bringing millions out of the shadows, strengthening families, and growing our economy. This is no substitute for comprehensive immigration reform, but, until then, this is a critical step in the right direction. 

Throughout this year, House Republicans have stonewalled on immigration reform and refused to work with Democrats. The Speaker refused to allow even a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill since it passed the Senate nearly a year and a half ago. 

The loudest voices on Capitol Hill have sat on their hands and turned their backs on our businesses, our faith leaders, law enforcement, and hard-working immigrant families.  

The President’s action is not without precedent.  Over the years, there have been dozens of executive actions taken on immigration matters, including from five Republican presidents.  

We cannot afford to lose billions in economic growth, and $1 trillion over the next 20 years, that economists estimate the federal budget will lose as a result of our failed immigration policies.  

We should celebrate this moment and then we must build on the President’s action—and the advocacy that inspired it—to enact comprehensive emigration reform. There is no other solution.

I am eager to continue our work together to make it happen.