Friday, March 31, 2006

Richardson on Immigration

As chair of the DGA, Governor Richardson sent a letter today to Senators Bill Frist and Harry Reid regarding immigration reform. In the letter Richardson calls for sensible immigration policy:

It is critical that we deploy a sufficient number of border agents and utilize the most
advanced technology to ensure maximum border protection. But real immigration reform will only be achieved with a truly holistic approach. First, it must lead to greater engagement with Mexico to jointly combat human smuggling and create new employment opportunities on both sides of the border. Second, it must give those who are now in the U.S. illegally a path to legalization based on employment, fulfillment of all tax obligations, and a criminal background check. Attempts to deport the 11 million illegal immigrants who are currently here are not only
unrealistic, but they would also break up millions of families that have children who are U.S. citizens.
The entire text of the letter can be read here.

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