Senator Menendez has worked closely with the Administration to support new immigration policies that promote fairness, accountability and family unity. He applauds the President's announcement that will accomplish these goals.
Administrative relief is a first step in fixing our broken immigration system, but Senator Menendez remains committed to working with Congressional colleagues to create a long-lasting solution that only comprehensive immigration legislation can provide.
Key Tenants of the President's Plan:
Deporting Felons, Not Families
There will be a new focus on the deportation of people who threaten national security and public safety. President Obama has directed immigration enforcement to place anyone suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list.
Accountability – Criminal Background Checks, Taxes and Deportation Relief
The President is also acting to hold accountable undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. After government registration and criminal and national security background checks, millions of undocumented immigrants will start paying their fair share of taxes and temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time.
Finishing the Job
Congress should finish the job by passing a bill – like the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill – that strengthens border security, boosts our economy, keeps families together and creates an earned path to citizenship. Deferred action – like the action taken by President Obama – is an act of prosecutorial discretion, which means there is no path to permanent residence or citizenship.