Lawmakers Debate Immigration
Joan Suarez, Chairperson for MIRA, says the bill, called the STRIVE Act, or Security Through Regularized Immigration and Vibrant Economy, would equip the federal government to deal with immigration issues way better than any state could.
Lawmakers in almost all 50 states have tried to address immigration in this legislative session. Speakers at the conference all agreed that 50 different plans for 50 different states won't solve any problems.
"Now we've got a federal bill, and it's a smart bill, it's a good bill," Suarez said. "It may need some work yet, in terms of details, but at least it's in. It's been introduced and we need to give it a chance to work."
"We do not need 50 states doing 50 immigration laws. The states are in no way, in any position, to regulate immigration as proposed by some of these bills," Bray said.
The STRIVE Act received bi-partisan support when a Democrat from Illinois and a Republican from Arizona presented the bill this morning on the U.S. House floor.