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Preliminary Debate on Immigration Reform Begins on Senate Floor

June 07, 2013 - Posted by Mario Moreno

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Senate took an important step as it began the preliminary proceedings for a full debate and vote on S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. A vote that allows substantive debate, including amendments, to proceed is expected Tuesday.

Also expected in coming days is a report from the Congressional Budget Office, which “scores” bills based on whether they would increase or decrease the national debt. A fair but conservative CBO report is likely.

The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“The debate just beginning in the Senate marks a crossroads for immigration reform. As the Senate moves forward, leaders from both parties must come together for a rational debate. They must take to heart the will of voters across the political spectrum who recognize that a better immigration process is in the best interest of all Americans.

“In the coming weeks, we urge our senators to engage each other candidly and respectfully, always keeping in mind the sizeable contributions that immigrants make to our economy and communities.

“At the end of the day, the Senate must pass immigration reform worthy of our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

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