A Historic Week
June 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – With the Senate on the verge of a historic immigration vote, Ali Noorani, Executive Director at the National Immigration Forum, released the following statement regarding the Corker-Hoeven amendment and the continued need for bipartisanship:
“The U.S. Senate is on the cusp of historic change and we urge Senators to vote for reform. After years of work and months of intense negotiation, Senate Bill 744 will create a 21st century immigration system that meets the needs of our nation.
“Over the last week we have witnessed a political whipsaw.
“The Congressional Budget Office report reported S.744—as negotiated by the Senate Judiciary Committee—would lead to $897 billion in savings over the next 20 years. Rather than putting those dollars away, senators are on the verge of deciding to spend an additional $38 billion on border security, increasing the bill's total allocation to security to a whopping $46 billion.
“To put a finer point on it: We are about to spend tens of billions of dollars securing a region with the safest cities, sharing a border with our third largest trading partner and second most common destination for American exports. All without proper attention to oversight or accountability of this massive deployment of resources.
“The overall goal of a tough but fair road to citizenship for the undocumented has been preserved. As has the establishment of a functioning legal immigration system that meets the needs of our economy, workforce and families.
“We support the process moving forward and welcome the influx of Republican and Democratic votes that come with this amendment.
“We are hopeful that the House will glean the lessons of bipartisanship and apply them to their own proceedings. There is no doubt that we are committed to improving the legislation in the conference committee and through its eventual implementation.”