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Leader Continues to Point to Progress on Immigration Reform

March 16, 2009 - Posted by Katherine Vargas

Senator Reid

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 Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) has once again reiterated his vow to push strongly for immigration reform this year, stating that immigration reform can be part of the solution to our economic woes. Univisión reports on his recent speech at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Conference,


Senator [Reid] highlighted the contributions of the Hispanic community to the U.S. and stated that immigration reform is part of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan.


“I have been firmly committed to immigration reform for a long time now, look no further than the angry messages and letters I receive to prove it”, said [Senator] Reid.


... [Senator] Reid confirmed that commitment still exists to continue working until passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes legalization for the estimated 12 million undocumented living in the country. “I remain hopeful. I am committed in offering this year comprehensive immigration reform that is strong, practical and fair”.

Líder del Senado Habló de Reforma, March 12, 2009 (Translation by Katherine Vargas)


Immigration policy experts and advocates are echoing the chant of “yes we can” pass immigration reform, as we recently told online magazine AlterNet,


"The prospects for reform are very good if advocates continue to build power and make it happen," he [Doug Rivlin of the National Immigration Forum] told me. "The Obama administration can read election results."


The pieces that will move forward immigration reform are finally coming together. Leaders who are central to the effort to get laws and procedures fixed and legislation passed — including President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel— have acknowledged that addressing immigration reform is not just good policy, but also good politics.



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