Serial No. J-107-38; S. Hrg. 107-588: U.S.-Mexico Migration Discussions: A Historic Opportunity, Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, September 7, 2001   [open pdf - 367KB]

From the opening statement of Edward M. Kennedy. "It is a privilege to chair this hearing on the important issue of U.S.-Mexico migration. I commend President Bush and President Fox for their leadership and their commitment to work together to address this critical challenge. Few issues so profoundly affect the ties between our two countries. I look forward to the testimony of our distinguished witnesses, and I commend Dr. Papademetriou and Dr. Fernandez de Castro, representing the U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel, whose insightful report-'U.S.-Mexico Migration: A Shared Responsibility'-has provided both of our governments with a basic framework for the migration discussions. We know there is broad support in our country today for fair and balanced immigration reform that will benefit both immigrant workers and their families, and employers as well. I am pleased to see labor and business, conservative and liberal groups, faith-based and secular groups here together in support of comprehensive immigration reform. My hope is that we will be able to achieve lasting and long overdue reforms, and I look forward to working with all of you in the weeks ahead. America has a proud tradition of welcoming immigrants. Throughout our history, immigrants have contributed significantly to the strength of our country, and we owe a great deal to Mexican nationals and immigrants from throughout the world. Today, many industries depend overwhelmingly on immigrant labor. Yet, many immigrants are undocumented. They live in constant fear of deportation and are easy targets of abuse and exploitation by unscrupulous employers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sam Brownback, Orrin G. Hatch, Edward M. Kennedy, Patrick J. Leahy, Arlen Specter, Rafael Fernandez de Castro, Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Thomas J. Donohue, Grover Norquist, Stephen Moore, Demetrios Papademetriou, John J. Sweeney, and Raul Yzaguirre.

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