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Congressman George Holding

Representing the 13th District of North Carolina

Congressman Holding Responds to Passage of Senate Immigration Bill

Jun 28, 2013
Press Release
For Immediate Release: June 28, 2013
Contact: Lindsay Hamilton, 202-225-3032
Congressman Holding Responds to Passage of Senate Immigration Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Congressman Holding released a statement in response to Senate passage of its immigration bill:
“Our immigration system is broken, and we should be more concerned with getting immigration reform right than getting it done quickly. I cannot support the bill passed by the Senate yesterday – this lengthy and hastily drafted bill makes immigration reform a single issue, and does not give careful enough consideration to each individual, complex issue. I am also concerned that this bill costs too much and doesn’t do enough to secure our borders. We need to enforce current laws before considering new ones, and as a former federal prosecutor, I cannot support a blanket amnesty for those who have come here illegally. We should focus on securing our borders and reforming our immigration system for those who want to come to our country legally because they believe in the opportunities to work hard and be successful here – not for those who break the law.
The House Judiciary Committee has looked at many issues individually – considering several bills rather than one flawed and sweeping bill. Just last week the Committee approved bills to strengthen the interior enforcement of our immigration laws and to create a new, reliable temporary agricultural guestworker program. This week, the Committee approved bills to verify employment eligibility, and to provide visas to high-skilled immigrants. I believe this process of looking at each issue individually will allow us to better make real reforms to our broken immigration system.”