CHC Chair Statement on Sens. Cotton and Perdue Immigration Bill
Aug 2, 2017
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on President Trump’s endorsement of Republican Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue’s (R-GA) legislation that would slash legal immigration levels and eliminate multiple categories of family-based legal immigration and diversity visas:
“Our nation’s ability to attract the best and brightest from around the world is predicated on a legal immigration system that promises economic opportunity, prioritizes families, and meets the needs of American businesses. Yet Senators Cotton and Perdue’s legislation would slash immigration levels in half and put tighter restrictions on visas. This misguided legislation threatens America’s prosperity, our values, and our global competitive advantage to attract workers. It is clear that this bill does not offer fair or meaningful solutions to America’s outdated immigration system. Rather than recognize that immigrants help grow the economy, create jobs and increase wages, this bill propagates the false notion that immigrants harm the American way of life. I oppose this bill and any measure that would prioritize skill-based visas at the expense of immigrant families. I urge President Trump and Congressional Republicans to stop denigrating the positive contributions immigrants provide to our nation and focus on productive steps to reform our immigration system.”
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
Carlos Paz Jr.