National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


Judiciary Committee Sends Broad Immigration Reform to Full Senate

May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a bipartisan vote today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to send S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, on to the full Senate.

Senators on the Judiciary Committee submitted about 300 amendments, of which more than 100 were approved. Most represent good-faith efforts to improve the bill and to make government more accountable for its effective implementation. The vast majority of amendments that passed did so with bipartisan support.

Debate on the Senate floor is likely to begin in early to mid June. Just as the bill heads to the floor, leaders from the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network are coming to Washington June 12 to hold meetings with congressional leaders and show their renewed support for broad, bipartisan reform.

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

“Today’s vote represents a major step toward a new immigration process. The bill soon headed for the Senate floor is exactly what America needs. It honors the aspiring Americans who will strengthen our communities and our economy for generations to come. It also honors our history as a nation of laws.

“Americans across the political spectrum recognize that we need commonsense reform. And they support political leaders who show the courage to transcend partisanship, reach across the aisle and develop long-term, broad solutions. That’s what we need to replace our broken immigration system.

“The full Senate must carry this momentum forward and pass a bill that keeps the best interests of our nation in mind. The House also must follow the lead of American voters, Republican and Democrat alike, and pursue wide-ranging reform that respects human dignity and provides for secure borders, safer communities, a stronger economy and a roadmap to citizenship for hardworking American immigrants.

“Much work lies ahead. But today’s bipartisan vote shows the great strides we are making toward an immigration process that works for all Americans.”


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