The president and a number of U.S. Senators have proposed immigration reform packages, and Southern Arizona U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is hoping to add to the ideas already included in those plans.
In the proposal eight U.S. Senators released earlier this year, border security and enforcement is the top priority, and the plan says that must be achieved before immigration policy can be reformed.
Grijalva, D-Tucson, has some suggestions for things that should be included with the enforcement reform, including accountability among agencies charged with enforcing the country's laws at the border.
"Do it in a context that is full, that allows the American people, that allows their families to look at an agency that is not secretive, that allows people to redress grievances, and to have the accountability built into that system," he said in a news conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Other aspects of immigration policy reform proposals have long had Grijalva's support. Those include the so-called DREAM Act, which would allow people who were brought to the country as children to achieve permanent legal status, plus a plan to grant legal status to those here already without the proper documentation.
He said the country must find a way to unite families that have been separated by the nation's immigration policies.
“We have broken so many families up that it’s time to put a mechanism in comprehensive reform that it’s time to unify our families and bring our families together," he said.