National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


Bipartisan Senate Leaders Plan to Announce Broad Immigration Reform Legislation

April 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.Following months of discussion and negotiation, multiple press reports suggest that the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” in the Senate plans to announce a broad bill today to address and improve our nation’s broken immigration process. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“It is with a heavy heart for the victims and families of Boston that we embark on a new journey for immigration reform. Our thoughts and prayers go to Bostonians.

“When you read the news about immigration reform and Republicans and Democrats working together to create real solutions, it becomes very clear: This is what America wants. Voters across the political spectrum are championing a broad, commonsense immigration process to replace our broken system. For the benefit of our economy and our communities, reform must happen.

“The bipartisan legislation is a strong start for the immigration debate this year. People on both sides of the political spectrum have concerns about certain parts of the package. But that’s the nature of compromise: yielding on something each of us cares about to move forward on what all of us care about.

“We applaud the bipartisan Senate working group for making progress on much-needed reform of our immigration laws. We urge Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and in the House to support fair and practical immigration solutions that include an earned path to citizenship for immigrants who are currently living here, contributing to the progress and well-being of our communities.

“Congress must continue the rational debate and move us forward by passing real reform into law. Make no mistake: This is immigration reform’s time.”

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