BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) has announced his support for House immigration reform legislation.
Valadao issued a statement in support of H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Wednesday on his website.
The bill, introduced by Congressman Joe Garcia (D-FL), is similar to the Senate immigration bill which was passed last June and contains a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the country illegally.
In his statement, Valadao wrote: "I have been working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Recently, I have focused my efforts on joining with likeminded Republicans in organizing and demonstrating to Republican Leadership broad support within the Party to address immigration reform in the House by the end of the year."
"By supporting H.R. 15 I am strengthening my message: Addressing immigration reform in the House cannot wait. I am serious about making real progress and will remain committed to doing whatever it takes to repair our broken immigration system," wrote Valadao.
Valadao is just the third House Republican to publicly support the bill, including fellow San Joaquin Valley Congressman Jeff Dunham.
The bill is currently in committee and has yet to be voted on by the House of Representatives.
Congressman David Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Kern, Tulare, and Fresno counties.