Friday, June 15, 2012

Statements from Rep. Tovar and Rep. Miranda on immigration policy reforms announced by Napolitano

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13), and Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 16), released the following statements about Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s announcement that certain young people brought to the country as children will be considered for relief from removal.

House Minority Whip Anna Tovar

“This is a sensible policy. We should support the young people in our state who are doing the right things and contributing to the betterment of our communities. The new policy will affect young people who were brought to the United States when they were children and meet several key criteria including being in school or being an honorably discharged veteran. It is a reasonable and rational policy reform that will allow young people with promising futures, who are committed to their education and to serving the country, to continue to pursue their dreams in our great nation. This is progress but there is still much work to be done.”

Rep. Catherine Miranda

“I support this policy reform because it helps young people who were brought into our country as children, grew up here and exhibit an understanding of the importance of education and service. They have invested in their futures and in their communities. Reform like this also is an investment in the future but it is only a start. The broader solution will require us to set aside the partisan bickering and develop long-term solutions to this pressing matter.”

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