Supervisors Ashley, Benoit Support Bipartisan Immigration Reform

News Release


Feb 21

Supervisors Ashley, Benoit Support Bipartisan Immigration Reform Board to Vote Tuesday on Resolution in Support of Comprehensive Plan

RIVERSIDE – Supervisors Marion Ashley and John J. Benoit today announced their support for comprehensive immigration reform and unveiled a resolution in support of a bipartisan plan put forward by a group of U.S. senators.

“I feel strongly that the time for immigration reform is now and that the best choice to achieve that is the bipartisan proposal by eight U.S. senators,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley. “For the welfare of Riverside County and of our country, this reform is needed now. We cannot wait any longer.”

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Ashley and Benoit will ask their fellow board members to vote on their ground-breaking resolution and put the county on record in support of the senators’ multi-pronged proposal.

“As a former Highway Patrol commander and state legislator, I have been troubled by how life is made far worse for immigrants lacking legal status, including minor children and agricultural workers,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “A rational and functioning immigration system will strengthen the local economy and the county’s ability to serve people when they are in need.”

Major provisions of the immigration reform framework include: continued enhancement of border security/nation defense, a tough but fair pathway to citizenship, a guest worker program for subsistence-wage workers, a special provision to ensure minor children are treated separately, a registration program to combat visa overstays and an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation’s workforce needs that simultaneously protects all workers.

The resolution can be found on Tuesday’s agenda at:

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