Posted: 12:23 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Congressman Pittenger released a full statement in regards to Angelina's case.
"As the father of four children, and now with seven grandchildren, I greatly sympathize with the love between parent and child. Sadly, this case is not unique. The mother chose to violate U.S. laws when she did not enter the country through the established immigration process, and now she and her children are suffering the heartbreaking consequences of her decision. America is a nation of laws, and we function best when we apply those laws fairly and consistently. Our immigration system is badly broken, and I am committed to achievable, common-sense reforms which provide real solutions while still respecting the rule of law."
Representative Harry Warren's full statements:
Venegas's situation exemplifies the problems created by Congress's failure to resolve the illegal immigration situation. The Federal Government needs to state a firm policy in regards to who is eligible for deportation and who isn’t while it seeks a solution to the immigration problem that it has created by failing to address this for the last 3 decades. On one hand, the President grants a temporary legal presence to illegally present immigrants between the ages of 15 years to 30 years for school and/or work, then on the other hand, tears a family apart by permitting the deportation of an illegally present parent of 3 dependent US Citizens. This action is counterintuitive to Congress's stated intent to create a pathway to citizenship for these very same people. I encourage the President to work with the Congress in a dedicated and cooperative fashion, to resolve our current illegal immigration dilemma and to modernize our immigration and guest worker programs with the greatest urgency.