Thank you for contacting me about immigration reform. I appreciate you taking the time to write about this important issue.
Every day I hear from people across Wisconsin that our current immigration system is broken. I agree, and believe that now is the time to work in a bipartisan manner to fix our system with a long-term solution.
I appreciate the fact that people of good will can disagree on this issue and I respect those differences of opinion and conviction. From my perspective, immigration is part of our American story. Immigration is a part of Wisconsin’s and our nation’s history and heritage, and immigrants are part of America’s future cultural and economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, too many Wisconsin families have been torn apart by our outdated immigration laws. Our Wisconsin dairy farmers are increasingly relying on immigrant workers, and want policies that give them peace of mind and a stable, secure workforce. And students who were brought to our country as children, who have worked hard to earn a high school diploma, should be allowed to contribute to their communities by attending college, serving in the military, or starting a career. These young people should not be punished. They deserve a chance to realize their hopes and dreams and help build a stronger future for America.
I am encouraged to see a bipartisan group of Senators working together to advance a plan that will take action on this important issue for our country. Their proposal, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744), addresses family reunification, border security, employment verification, high-skilled workers, farm and guest workers, and pathways to legal citizenship for undocumented individuals.
I am hopeful that this Congress will be able to reach common ground and pass responsible immigration reforms. If done right, immigration reform will create jobs, strengthen businesses, bolster security at our borders, and keep more Wisconsin families together. Please know that I will keep your views in mind as Congress continues to discuss this matter.
Once again, thank you for contacting my office. It is important for me to hear from the people of Wisconsin on the issues, thoughts and concerns that matter most to you. If I can be of further assistance, please visit my website at www.baldwin.senate.gov for information on how to contact my office.
United States Senator