Our current immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Congress continues to not address this issue in an effective, comprehensive way.
David strongly believes the House of Representatives should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows, and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our civil society and contribute to our nation's economy. This reform must begin with securing our border and ensuring that those who are here without proper documentation be required to “go to the end of the line,” pay a penalty, pay their taxes, and pass criminal background checks before receiving citizenship.
Passing comprehensive immigration reform would help secure our border, protect workers, unite families, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship for hardworking immigrants. It will also help businesses expand, foster innovation, increase productivity, contribute to long term wage growth, and help create more than 100,000 jobs every year. And according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, enacting such legislation could reduce our national deficit by more than $800 billion over the next decade.
While the Republican leadership of Congress continues to block any attempts to consider comprehensive immigration reform, David is working with colleagues to make change where reform is possible. He is a cosponsor of the POWER Act which will protect undocumented residents from exploitation in the workplace and employers who violate basic labor laws.
David joined more than 200 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief in support President Obama’s executive actions to protect those who arrived in the United States as and protect families by providing temporary protection for removal for parents children parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents.
In both 2014 and 2015 David hosted visits to Rhode Island by U.S. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. During his 2014 visit, Congressman Gutierrez joined David in calling for Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform. The most recent visit, in January of 2015, included a public forum on President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.