It saddens me that the narrative being set for Republicans at a national level can be initiated by someone who has never been elected.
My Republican colleagues in the California Legislature have a proven track record of supporting legislation that encourages comprehensive immigration reform.
Earlier this year, I co-authored Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) by Senator Vidak (R-Hanford), which earned a majority vote from the Assembly Republican Caucus.
SJR 2 urged Congress and the President to work together to create a comprehensive and workable approach to reform the broken immigration system in our nation.
Immigrants come to the United States from all over the world to both benefit from and contribute to our society; we owe it to our nation to welcome immigrants with open arms and to reform our current broken immigration system.
We must not forget that the United States of America is a nation of immigrants and our society has always grown stronger as we form a more diverse society.
Immigration was a catalyst of the American dream in the past and will be the key to the future.
Rocky J. Chávez is a retired Marine Corps Colonel, former City Councilman and former Acting Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
He represents California’s 76th Assembly District, which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista.