(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) issued a multimedia package Wednesday expressing his disappointment in the court ruling delaying the implementation of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.
Born in Cuba, Prieto immigrated to the United States with his mother in 1970, at the age of 10.
The multimedia package consists of the Speaker’s comments on the court ruling and audio and a transcript of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of the Speaker’s comments is appended below:
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson):
“And I thought it was common sense immigration approach for the United States; that there was a need. So I’m disappointed that there’s going to be a delay. I feel that with the advocacy groups, they will prevail, and it will be, you know, law of the land.
“For me, it comes a lot personal because I understand. I walk in the shoes of a lot of these people as an immigrant; know the challenges that they have of every day and how important it is to be able to have, you know, a pathway to your citizenship and the quality of life to be productive citizens.
“And I think it just makes a world of difference for the quality of life for the residents, not only of Hudson County, but of the whole State of New Jersey and the nation. So, I think it’s important for us to get this accomplished.
“So, I’m disappointed that it’s just being delayed.”