Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republican leaders put forward their draft standards for immigration reform:
“House Democrats welcome the release of the draft standards set forth by our Republican colleagues. As Republicans unveil more specifics of their legislation, we hope we can find common ground with our Democratic principles – to secure our borders, protect our workers, unite our families, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.
“It is our hope that the presentation of these standards signals a sincere intent to move forward with immigration reform; however, the Republican principles raise more questions than answers. First, what is the standard for DREAMers to become citizens of our country? Next, what is required for immigrants to live legally in our nation, and will it result in full citizenship? Finally, will Republicans’ enforcement triggers create more barriers instead of removing obstacles to comprehensive reform?
“We look forward to the Republicans’ final document so we can work in a bipartisan way to pass legislation that reduces the deficit and grows our economy, as the Senate did last June. We must work across the aisle to restore confidence in who we are as a people – by and large, a nation of immigrants – by enacting comprehensive immigration reform.”