WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement in opposition to the “Goodlatte” immigration bill (H.R. 4760), which failed last week in a 193 to 231 vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives, and the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (H.R. 6136), which was originally scheduled for a vote on the floor but ultimately withdrawn from consideration.
“We need a comprehensive, effective, and compassionate immigration system that appropriately balances our country’s security needs, and our workforce needs, with our collective values of uplifting individuals who strive for a better life. Unfortunately, the two immigration bills put forth this week are deficient in these qualities, and fail to uphold our nation’s values.
“I strongly agree that we must secure our borders and protect our citizens, but we must maintain an equitable and predictable immigration system. We must also recognize the humanity in those who seek to come to this country. America is a beacon of hope and opportunity around the world. People come to here to study, work, and seek refuge from oppression. However, these bills would make these fundamental goals harder to achieve. The American Dream is not limited to those born here and it does not stop at the border – it is an example that we set for the world. That is what makes America so unique and so desirable.
“Comprehensive and compassionate immigration has been elusive for far too long. It is my hope that we can now have a serious dialogue on bipartisan legislation that is reflective of America’s needs, ideals, and values.”