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Upton responds to President’s immigration order

Rep. Upton has long been an outspoken proponent of bipartisan immigration reform in the U.S. House – Recently held immigration roundtable with Rep. Diaz-Balart in Kalamazoo

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WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2014 | Lynn Turner / Nick Culp (269-385-0039 / 202-225-3761) | comments
U.S. Representative Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement in response to the President’s executive action on immigration. During the past two years, Upton has helped lead an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to get bipartisan immigration reform legislation enacted.

“As I’ve long said, our current immigration system is broken and needs bipartisan reform. That means all sides working together – Democrats and Republicans, the White House and Congress – to get the job done,” Upton said. “The President’s ‘go it alone’ approach drives a political wedge into ongoing reform efforts and recklessly disregards our nation’s lawmaking process. And meanwhile, Michigan farmers, employers, law enforcement, and families will continue to live and work under a cloud of uncertainty as our laws are decided at the whim of a lame-duck White House. It’s time for real, thoughtful solutions, not more partisan maneuvering.”

In October, Upton welcomed his Florida colleague and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart to Kalamazoo, Mich., to share their ongoing immigration reform efforts in Congress, learn of the community’s concerns, and encourage a constructive local dialogue on the issue. Upton and Diaz-Balart hosted an immigration roundtable discussion with local agriculture and business leaders at Southwest Michigan First and met with community members at the Dia de los Muertos celebration at St. Joseph Catholic Church hosted by the Hispanic American Council of Kalamazoo.
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