STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – President Obama reiterated today the urgent need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform. Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement today:
“I applaud the President’s strong stand on the need for tough immigration reform. His speech reflected what Arizonans already know; the need for tough immigration reform is urgent. President Obama asserted his commitment to reform, and now we need to see action that backs up the words.
“His administration is serious in tackling illegal immigration that has left states like Arizona to take matters into our own hands. We need a tough, comprehensive solution to border security and immigration at the national level that includes more security along the border, cracking down on criminal cartels who deal in weapons and drugs, sanctioning employers who hire illegal immigrants and stopping human trafficking by coyotes. We also need requirements for immigrants to pay back taxes and a fine, learn English, and pass criminal background checks on the path to legalization.
“Our broken system is a national crisis that requires strong and relentless presidential leadership and bold action from Congress. Our country desperately needs an immigration system that works.”