WASHINGTON (WAVY) - Congressman Randy Forbes has issued a note to his constituents of Virginia's Fourth District on legislation regarding immigration reform.
The Senate passed the "Gang of Eight " bill at the end of June with a 68-32 vote. The legislature now moves to the House, where representatives will be tasked with formulating plans for immigration reform.
Forbes (R) issued the following primer to his constituents Monday:
"Immigration has been an issue for the United States since its birth. Our nation has long recognized the value and importance of immigrants to our nation, and the equal importance of immigrants and citizens adhering to the rules of our legal system.
However, our immigration system today is broken. Over the past several months, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to address various issues that have contributed to our broken immigration system.
It is my core belief that entry into this country is not a right, but a privilege that one earns. I have long opposed granting amnesty, and I continue to do so. We need an immigration enforcement package that will not only rein in the practice of entering this country illegally, but ultimately help promote legal immigration, continuing the tradition of America's borders accepting new ideas and new people who share the same zeal for freedom that we do.
I have continued to work with my colleagues in the House Judiciary Committee on meaningful reform that focuses on what must be our first priority: enforcement of our immigration laws and ensuring the security of our borders.
I have prepared the following brief to provide you with information related to the major proposals currently before Congress.
Yours in Service,
To read more about Forbes' take on the legislation currently before Congress, click here .
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