Congressman Costa Reacts to Gang of 8 Immigration Plan

Apr 17, 2013
Press Release
Significant Step to Fix Broken Immigration System

Washington, DC- Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement in response to the “Gang of 8” introducing their bipartisan legislation to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and third-generation farmer, Costa has been working closely with Valley representatives and elected officials on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the legislation would address the concerns of Valley agriculture and workers.

“For the first time in recent memory, there is a broad, bipartisan coalition coming together behind a long-term solution to fix our broken immigration system,” said Costa.“Thanks to hard work and reaching across the aisle, the 8 Senators have planted a flag that meets the needs of farmers and farm workers, labor and business, and the 11 million people still living in the shadows.

Their plan provides a legal, stable workforce for agriculture and critical protections for those who work every day to put safe, healthy foods on our nation’s dinner tables. This was a deal breaker for the Valley.

The status quo is unacceptable for our families, our businesses, and our future. The time is now.”