Rally behind the idea of comprehensive immigration reform

President Obama reiterated his commitment to reforming our country's immigration system through compassionate, comprehensive legislation, suggesting that America's immigrants - whether they have arrived by the Mayflower, slave ship, Ellis Island or the Rio Grande - are one people. I couldn't agree more.

For many American families who remain estranged from siblings and parents overseas, that sentiment seems out of reach, which is why I reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act last week to fix this problem by allowing all Americans to be reunited with their families, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender permanent partners.

We are a nation of immigrants, and our country deserves an immigration system that honors that legacy and supports key family values, like keeping families intact. The Reuniting Families Act represents a giant step forward in that commitment and provides a blueprint that respects families, strengthens our economy and fixes a badly broken system. I urge Congress to take action now. For every day Congress delays, more families face separation.

Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) is chair emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.