Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a longtime proponent for immigration reform, has sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio outlining improvements to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. Sen. Rubio has requested comments on the bill filed last month. Below are excerpts from the letter.
“Texans understand the challenges of border security and immigration, and we have solutions to create a secure border and a workable immigration system.”
“To be clear, we must be pro-legal immigration. Even with chronically high unemployment rates, the U.S. population growth has not kept up with the need for entry level workers.“
“One element that is essential for this corrected status to not be amnesty is that it include a meaningful and just fine for circumventing our laws, not the minor nuisance amounts being contemplated today.”
“I implore you to utilize your leadership role on this issue to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and to also not let political posturing on issues unrelated to workforce documentation extend the already-20-year delay on workforce and border security reform.”
To read the full letter, click here.
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