Thank you for writing to me about legalizing the immigration status of illegal aliens in the United States. I welcome the opportunity to respond.
I believe that immigration reform legislation has to take into consideration the reality of immigration to and in the United States today. The crisis is grave. Our borders are a sieve, detention facilities are insufficient for the numbers of people apprehended trying to enter the country, the Border Patrol is understaffed, and technology for surveillance and other purposes along our borders is inadequate for the
We need to build a border infrastructure that is modern and effective - one that uses new surveillance technology and that employs adequate manpower. But we also need to find an orderly way to allow those people who are already here - people who have been here for 10,15 or 20 years, who have children born in this country, who have no criminal background, who are embedded in our communities and our workforce - to be able to legalize their immigration status.
I support the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006" currently pending in the Senate. This bill provides a path to citizenship for illegal aliens who have no criminal record, who have a job, who learn English, and who pay a hefty fine. Please find enclosed a copy of my recent speech on the Senate floor which explains in detail my support for
comprehensive immigration reform.
Again, thank you for writing. I appreciate hearing your views on this difficult subject and I hope that you will continue to write to me on issues of importance to you. Best regards.
Statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein
"Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform"
March 30, 2006