National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


Republicans Continue Immigration Work Behind the Scenes

October 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post reported today that House Republicans are working to address some of the thorniest issues on immigration reform.

According to the Journal, Republican Congressmen Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) and Darrell Issa (CA-49) are working separately on measures that would address the legal status of 11 million undocumented immigrants, give them a chance to get right with the law and, in Issa’s case, offer certain undocumented immigrants temporary legal status.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director at the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding today’s news on Republican movement:

“The work that Congressmen Díaz-Balart and Issa are putting in on immigration reform is emblematic of the groundswell of conservative support for reform that’s been growing over the last year.

“Across the nation, Republican members of Congress are hearing the call from local conservative leaders for an immigration reform solution based on free market principles, family values and a smart border enforcement strategy. That call will be echoed on October 29, when 300 faith, law enforcement and business leaders visit with their elected members of Congress on Capitol Hill for an unprecedented gathering of pro-reform conservatives.

“Although we await details of their respective proposals, today’s news signals what Bibles, Badges and Business leaders across the country knew long ago to be true: Americans are ready for reform and immigration reform is not a partisan issue.

“The time is now for Democrats and Republicans in the House to work together to pass commonsense immigration reform.”

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