According to one of our partners, yesterday Congressman David Price (D-NC), chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, spoke about the need for comprehensive immigration reform, stating that the, "next administration must make to a higher priority and pursue it more effectively".
The Congressman also went on to speak to the Bush Administration's turn towards an enforcement only approach.
"The current Administration made some effort last year to promote comprehensive immigration reform, but it now seems to have turned 180 degrees toward an enforcement-only approach. This might be interpreted as an attempt to appeal to the most hard-line anti-immigrant segment of the population, but some have painted it as an effort to drive home the need for immigration reform by inflicting pain on businesses and communities who depend on these workers. If it really is some sort of perverse “tough medicine” policy, I find it doubly hard to understand, given the negative impacts on hardworking immigrants and their children, and because it has trade-offs with other activities that could be helping to make our country safer."Congressman Prince's full statement can be read by link here