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Conservative Values Are Found in Changes to Immigration Laws | Commentary

As the representative for a congressional district with the one of the largest percentages of Latinos — California’s 10th, in the Central Valley — I’ve had many people assume that my support for real and effective immigration reform boils down to one thing: votes.

A Quick Fix for the Economy and Job Creation | Commentary

Your neighbors have lived in their home for years. Their kids grew up with your kids, you’ve shared barbecues and block parties and you see them in church every Sunday. And now Immigration and Customs Enforcement vehicles surround the house, sirens blaring, as your children watch out the windows, confused, frightened and concerned about what their friend’s dad did wrong.

The Time Is Now for Comprehensive Immigration Reform | Commentary

Elon Musk was born in South Africa and, like millions of others, he came to the United States for better opportunities and to make a better life for himself. In 1992, he arrived in the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania, then moved to California. Today, he is CEO and chief designer of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and co-founder of PayPal. These multimillion-dollar companies are actively boosting the American economy and employing thousands of Americans — Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., plant alone employs 2,000 experienced autoworkers.

Immigration Overhaul: Good Ethics and Good Economics | Commentary

The heart and the head too seldom agree. But there’s one issue on the 2014 congressional agenda on which they unquestionably can: Immigration reform is both sound ethics and smart economics.

Reforming Immigration to Protect America's Breadbasket | Commentary

In recent years, Americans have become increasingly interested in where their food comes from. Twitter is inundated with photos of fruits and vegetables accompanied by hashtags such as #EatLocal and #CleanEating. Trendy restaurants now boast their farm-to-table menus, while young Americans flock to farmers markets for weekend outings.

Immigrants in America: Open For Business | Commentary

If Congress would look at immigration reform as an opportunity, 2014 would be the year to make significant changes happen for the future of this nation.

Congress Must Step Up on Immigration Reform | Commentary

On again. Off again. So goes the debate with immigration reform. With mid-term elections just nine months away, our leaders appear poised to backpedal to a time honored tradition of kicking the can down the road. Inaction is always the easy way out, especially when there are major political dynamics and important voting blocs in play. Unfortunately, for businesses trying to keep their doors open we can’t also just put the economy “on hold” until after the election when tough votes on important policy is more convenient. We are eager to do our part to grow, prosper and create jobs—but the continued inaction on immigration reform impedes us from making those dreams a reality.

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Cruz Does Boehner No Favors

After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors — and some of Boehner’s allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.

Immigrant Families Should Not Pay the Price| Commentary

For a while now, kids — particularly those in immigrant families — have been unfairly under attack in the Senate, and the only plausible explanation is unconscionable: to score political points.

Should Illegal Immigrants Be Legalized? | Commentary

The president and some members of Congress are promoting immigration legislation that legalizes most of the 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country. But what’s the rush?

Good News for Immigration: It Is an Election Year | Commentary

Opponents of immigration reform say it has no chance of passing in an election year. History suggests they are wrong.

3 Steps for Successful Immigration Reform | Commentary

Immigration reform is alive and well in 2014. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, recently said he would pursue it but, “one step at a time.” So if a step-by-step process is how immigration reform is going to get done, there are three critical components that must be included for it to be a success.

Here's How Not to Jump-Start Immigration Reform in House | Commentary

If you believe what you read in the papers and hear on TV, the House is getting ready to engage on immigration reform. Or, maybe not, depending on how House Republicans respond to legislative principles outlined by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. It seems like the prospects for reform waver every day.

White House Looks Past Congress for Its Agenda

President Barack Obama is heading into the next year looking in many ways past a gridlocked Congress — eyeing regulations and other ways of acting on his stalled agenda.

Congress Can Act on Immigration Before Year's End | Commentary

The clock is slowly ticking down. As the year is coming to a close, so is the prospect of passing meaningful immigration reform.

Our Renewal of Confidence in Immigration Reform | Commentary

Immigration reform advocates may feel disheartened after Speaker John A. Boehner’s declaration that House immigration bills will not be combined with the Senate’s proposal to fix our immigration system. In times like these — as we reinforce our efforts at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to carry our just immigration policies — it is important to reach back for the lessons of history, stay grounded and keep our eyes on the prize.

Here's Bipartisanship at Work on Immigration | Commentary

Bipartisanship. It is so rare in today’s toxic political environment that some may not remember what it is or how it’s supposed to work. But I, for one, haven’t lost hope that it can exist; indeed, it must re-emerge as the force that pushes Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform this year.

Immigration Law's Double Standard Subjects Children to Lasting Harm | Commentary

Recent news suggests the House may fail to act this year on comprehensive immigration reform. As advocates for children, we urge House members on both sides of the aisle not to miss this opportunity to change a system that harms children every day.

Communities Change When Local Police Enforce Immigration Laws | Commentary

Should local police be involved in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws?

Time Has Come for a Renewed Push on Immigration Reform | Commentary

Last week thousands of people marched on the National Mall in support of comprehensive immigration reform. They were loud, they were clear and they demanded what each and every person deserves — dignity and respect.

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