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House Republicans Release Standards on Immigration Reform

January 30, 2014

Move Represents Important Step Toward Reform this Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today during the annual House Republican retreat, Republicans released standards on immigration reform. The standards discuss ways to reform our broken immigration system in a way that secures our nation’s borders, meets the needs of employers and addresses legalization, including citizenship for DREAMers.

In response, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement:

“With today’s release of these standards, House leaders are showing their sincere intentions to take action on commonsense immigration reform this Congress. Republicans and Democrats now must commit to a respectful debate that moves us forward as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.

“It won’t be easy. But both parties have unparalleled support from their constituents. From farms to corner offices and from police stations to church pews, Americans continue to urge reform.

“We applaud the release of these principles as a concrete, positive step toward commonsense reform. The next step is legislative action.

“House leadership recognizes that this long overdue debate will move our country forward. They must stay focused on commonsense reform that will boost our economy, help us treat our neighbors compassionately and keep our communities safe.”

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