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Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Statement on President Obama’s Speech on Immigration Reform

Today, President Obama called for comprehensive immigration reform that fixes America’s broken immigration system in a way that bolsters our economy and our security and guarantees America is able to win the future. Following the President’s speech on immigration, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

President Obama has made it clear that his number one goal as President is to guarantee America is able to win the future – that Americans across this country are able to thrive by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the world. Fixing America’s broken immigration system is not only in keeping with that goal – it is central to it. 

Too many Americans who work hard and play by the rules have lost out on opportunities under the current system. And too many immigrants – including immigrants who were brought to the United States as infants or young children and who have grown up indentifying as Americans – are living in the shadows, vulnerable not only to the threat of deportation but also to exploitative working conditions. To guarantee that our country is able to benefit from the talents of all those living within our borders, we must enact comprehensive immigration reform that keeps faith with the idea that our nation is enriched by the many generations of immigrants who have made America home, and that recognizes that American greatness is also built on our history as a nation of laws.

Like the President, I believe that immigration reform must be a priority in Washington. But President Obama and Democrats can’t bring about immigration reform on our own. To succeed, we’ll need Republicans to join us in this venture as equal partners. Immigration reform simply is not possible as long as Republicans in Congress refuse to engage on this issue. I therefore join with President Obama in urging my Republican Congressional colleagues to join together with Democrats to enact comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.