As we round the corner toward the 2014 midterms, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is once again garnering media attention in her second bid to unseat Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
In the piece, Love says Matheson can’t get anything done in Washington because he has no influence on either side of the aisle. She also says immigration reform should be a priority in Washington.
“I think that we need to address it. The reason why people are here illegally is because our policies are broken. It is easier to be here illegally than it is to be here legally,” Love said. Immigration reform has stalled after the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform package this summer, a package which met resistance in the House, and it is unlikely to be dealt with before the end of this year. Love says that before Congress takes up the question of immigration reform, a few things need to happen: the borders must be secured and monitored, the government must keep track of who is coming into and leaving the U.S. Also, she says, there needs to be a uniform law of naturalization.
“Congress’s job is creating a way in, a legal way in. It is too difficult. People are finding it very difficult to come and be in this country without it taking years and a lot of money,” she said.
“My dad said something very interesting to me and it means a lot to me. He said, ‘Mia, when I came over and I was applying to be a legal citizen in the United States,’ he said, ‘I learned about American history; I learned how to speak the English language; and when I pledged my allegiance to the American flag for the first time I knew what I was saying and I meant every word of it,’” she recounted.