On Thursday, the United States Senate passed a massive immigration reform bill. U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement in response:
“Today, I have 180 open cases with constituents having problems navigating the current immigration process. These are folks trying to do it the right way. In the last year I have served 492 families with the same kinds of troubles. I know that real reform is needed for our broken immigration process, and I know that the details in that reform matter. Unfortunately, by tackling immigration reform in a mega bill and refusing to allow important amendments to improve the bill, the Senate is undermining the opportunity for real reform. Just as the Senate jammed through a flawed health care bill, and now years later America is still learning what is in it, the Senate is jamming America with a mega-immigration bill today.
“I am proud of the House’s approach to immigration reform; focusing on bills individually to allow time for thoughtful debate and bipartisan input. By addressing one issue at a time and ensuring that every American has a voice in this critical process, we can ensure that the brightest minds and hardest workers from around the world are able to contribute to our nation’s success while preserving the values that make America so special. Enacting meaningful immigration reform and enforcing the rule of law are not mutually exclusive ideas, and I am committed to working with my colleagues in the House to strike a balance that will achieve both of those goals and make the American people proud.”