National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


President Obama: “Let’s Get Immigration Reform Done in a Bipartisan Fashion”

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, President Obama delivered prepared remarks where he once again called for a bipartisan solution to our broken immigration system.

Speaking at the White House, Obama cited the unprecedented support that immigration reform has from the faith, business and law enforcement communities.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s remarks.

“In the past two days, leaders from both sides of the aisle have urged bipartisan immigration reform. Yesterday, it was Speaker Boehner citing his hopefulness at passing a bill this year. Today, it was President Obama urging a solution in the same time frame.

“Congress is facing no other issue that has the bipartisan support immigration reform has in Washington — and throughout the country.

“Next Tuesday, nearly 600 local conservative leaders will come to Washington to meet with their Republican members of Congress. These Bibles, Badges and Business leaders will echo the message they’ve been hearing on Main Street over the last 18 months: Americans are ready for reform this year.

“Pastors will bring a message informed by Scripture and their congregations’ moral urgency for reform. Law enforcement leaders will speak of how reform will help keep their communities safer. And business leaders will emphasize the many economic benefits of immigration reform — from GDP growth to deficit reduction and access to skilled and unskilled labor.

“Momentum for bipartisan reform is at a fever pitch on both sides of the aisle. The time is now. The House of Representatives must find a solution this year.”

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