November 20, 2014

Manchin Statement on President's Immigration Executive Actions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision to issue executive actions on immigration reform. 

“I disagree with the President’s decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system, and I disagree with the House’s decision to not even take a vote on the bipartisan Senate legislation that overwhelmingly passed in June 2013.

“The American people made it clear on election night that they want government to work better for them and to solve real problems that impact their lives. We have the chance to show them that we heard their message and are willing to act. We will only achieve sustainable, comprehensive immigration reform if all sides work together. For that to happen, Congress must work with the President to debate the issues and vote to secure our borders, create a tough legalization process, and ensure employers don’t hire illegal immigrants. We successfully passed a bipartisan bill on the Senate side, and all we’re asking is that the House takes a vote as well.”