(BISMARCK, N.D.) – Senator Tim Mathern introduced a concurrent resolution urging Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform during a delayed bills committee hearing Tuesday afternoon. The resolution, SCR 4031, was defeated by a 3-2 do not pass vote during the hearing.
SCR 4031 called for Congress to:
“… enact comprehensive immigration reform that provides for earned legalization with a path to citizenship; updating future immigration of families and workers; and improving immigration enforcement and border security with our nation’s values.”
Senator Mathern, D-Fargo, brought forth the resolution in order to begin the discussion of bringing our nation’s immigration system into the 21st Century and an attempt to get the attention of North Dakota’s two Senators.
“Most of us can look back a few generations and trace our own family’s immigration story. Our grandparents and great-grandparents, who sometimes were not made to feel entirely welcome, nonetheless helped build this state and this country,” Mathern said. “They helped make it the exceptional place that it is today by weaving into its fabric that enterprising energy and relentless zeal that every group of immigrants has brought with them.”
Mathern went on to cite the various contributions North Dakota’s immigrants have made to the state.
“North Dakota’s economy has measurably benefitted from hard-working, aspiring Americans. In 2010, they only made up about half a percent in our state’s population, these citizens-in-waiting created $55.1 million in economic activity and $24.5 million gross state product,” Mathern added. “That is a truly remarkable accomplishment that we should seek to build on. We have always believed that anyone who is seeking to build a better life for themselves and for their families should have a place here in North Dakota.”