Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) joined Democratic and Republican colleagues today in supporting Senate Joint Resolution 8. This resolution sponsored by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) outlines a set of principles for repairing our nation’s broken immigration system. The resolution urges Congress and the President to take a comprehensive, workable approach to improving the nation’s immigration system using these principles.
“The United States has been enriched by the strength and culture of immigrants who’ve come here from all over the world, and there’s no reason to believe that’s changed,” said Senator Huff. “At every level, be it economic, social, or entrepreneurial, America benefits from immigration. The status quo is hurting our state. California cannot afford to condemn another generation to living their lives in the shadows or denying them an opportunity to be fully functioning members of our great state.”
The resolution urges Congress and the President to take action that develops a path to legal status and recognizes that immigrants are a vital part of a variety of our nation’s industries including emerging technologies, medicine, agriculture, construction and hospitality. The resolution also supports a reasonable and timely path to citizenship for immigrants already living and working in the United States, which should include comprehensive background checks, a demonstrated proficiency in English, payment of all current and back taxes, and creating an immigration policy that can respond to emerging domestic labor needs.
“What’s happening now clearly is not working,” adds Huff. “America is acutely aware of the need for immigration reform. It’s perfectly appropriate for the California State Legislature to add its voice to those reforms. Adopting these principles will increase national security and economic vitality in the nation as well as in California.”
Senate Joint Resolution 8: