2007-08-03 / Community

Weiner Tapped To Work On Immigration Reform

Representative Anthony Weiner, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, announced today that he has been tapped by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to join the subcommittee tasked with creating a comprehensive immigration reform package. Weiner, a longtime advocate for securing our borders and providing undocumented workers with a hardearned path to citizenship, adds a distinctly New York voice to the Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee. Weiner is the only member of the New York delegation on the subcommittee.

In the wake of the collapse of the Senate bill on immigration reform, Weiner is determined to help deliver a common sense, carrot-and-stick approach that strikes the right balance of law enforcement and incentives. This approach would secure our borders and put illegal workers who add to society at the back of the line and eventually allow them to achieve hard earned citizenship.

New York City has a long-storied history as a culturally diverse, immigrant city. Today, 2.9 million people, almost 36% of the city's population, are foreign-born, with thriving immigrant communities of people hailing from all over the world including the Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana and Mexico.

"The immigration debate is in need of patient, cool heads who want to deliver real solutions and not just pander to the extremes," said Rep. Weiner. "We have an obligation to continue this debate and get these workers out of the shadows. I look forward to working with the subcommittee on this critically important issue."

Weiner's first day on the subcommittee was marked by the passage of Representative Carolyn Maloney's legislation, which provides legal status to spouses and children of undocumented workers who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The legislation provides benefits so long as neither the deceased nor spouse/child have had criminal or national security problems.

The Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: immigration and naturalization, border security, admission of refugees, treaties, conventions and international agreements, claims against the United States, federal charters of incorporation, private immigration and claims bills, non-border enforcement, and other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and relevant oversight. Weiner is a member of the House Judiciary and Energy & Commerce committees. He also sits on the subcommittees of Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; Courts & Intellectual Property; Health; Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection; Energy & Air Quality; Environment and Hazardous Materials.

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