On May 13th, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown (D) wrote a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) supporting the Senator’s work on immigration reform. Senator Feinstein is a senior member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, which is working on the proposed immigration reform legislation, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Reform Act (Comprehensive Immigration Reform). In his letter, the Governor stated, “California is home to over 10 million immigrants, greater number than the whole population of Georgia or Michigan.” He pointed out that, “From the engineers and programmers working in Silicon Valley on H-1B visas, to the 2.9 million undocumented workers toiling mostly in the service and agricultural industries, the contributions of foreign-born Californians are fundamental to the state’s economy.”
In the letter, the Governor makes some interesting points about the need for reform. He goes further and states, “The future of all Californians depends upon the success of immigrants…” He feels that, “In order to avoid dire consequences for our state, comprehensive immigration reform must occur this year…”
MVP Law Group finds it notable that the Governor of the largest populated state in our country used the word, “dire” to describe the consequences for his state if our national immigration system is not reformed. I would like to note that California is the largest producer of agricultural products in the United States and the home of Silicon Valley.
Source of Information:
Office of the Governor (California), (5/13/13), letter Letter form Governor Brown to Senator Feinstein – Immigration Reform