Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Ranking Member on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, prepared the following remarks for the Interior Subcommittee markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill:
Congressman Moran believes our current immigration system is dysfunctional, outdated, and in need of significant reform.
Congressman Moran believes our current immigration system is dysfunctional, outdated, and in need of significant reform. Despite doubling the funding for border security over the past decade, we still lack full control over our southern border. Visa programs designed to provide adequate labor supply for industries including agriculture and high tech innovation have failed to keep up with changing economic conditions.
Serious concerns about the conditions in our system of detention facilities remain largely unresolved. Immigration courts and agencies responsible for processing immigration matters are severely understaffed leading to long, unnecessary delays. Together, these and other deficiencies are representative of an immigration system in desperate need of modernization.
Congressman Moran supports a comprehensive approach to fixing our nation's broken immigration system. He believes any realistic plan must included additional investments to secure our borders, the implementation of a secure and accurate employment verification system, and a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. He is a cosponsor of comprehensive immigration reform legislation (H.R. 15) in the 113th Congress.
America is and always will be a nation of immigrants. The vast majority of immigrants come to this country for no other reason than to work hard and provide a better life for themselves and their families. Congressman Moran will continue to advocate for comprehensive, reform-minded immigration legislation.