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For Immediate Release:
March 08, 2017
Media Contact:
Manuel Orbis, Jr


Commissioner Sosa advocates for comprehensive immigration reform

On March 7, 2017, County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa calling upon President Donald Trump and Congress to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform. The resolution urges President Donald Trump and the United States Congress to enact a pathway to citizenship for undocumented, law-abiding immigrants already in the country.

According to the Pew Research Center, the South Florida metropolitan area is estimated to have the fifth largest population of undocumented immigrants out of the 11.2 million currently living in the United States. The vast majority of these individuals lead hardworking, law-abiding lives, raising families, and positively contributing to society.

“Our country is and will always be, a beacon of hope to the world. Our elected leaders in the Federal government should come together to provide certainty to the millions of individuals who live and work here every day for a better life,” affirmed Commissioner Sosa.

"I think we can all agree that comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I want to commend Commissioner Sosa for leading the charge by sponsoring a resolution that will hopefully help our law-abiding immigrants find a smoother path to legal status, and I also want to thank our entire Board of County Commissioners for their unanimous support of this very important issue.”

“I join Commissioner Sosa in support of this item. Families on both sides of this issue are affected each day. I look forward to and urge our federal partners to take up comprehensive immigration reform in order to provide a resolution for these families,” expressed Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo, Jr. Commissioner Sally Heyman, a co-sponsor of the legislation stated that, “Our resolution urges Congress to enact meaningful comprehensive immigration reform. The current ‘patch work’ approach creates great uncertainty and has caused suffering, fear and anxiety among our immigrant community.” “I feel fortunate to be in a position to help those who are here to contribute to the well-being of our community,” concluded Commissioner Sosa.

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