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White House Immigration Proposal Shows Urgency for Prompt Legislative Action

February 19, 2013

Congress Must Put Pen to Paper on Broad and Bipartisan Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Saturday night, USA Today published a leaked draft of the White House’s immigration reform proposal. The draft bill features a direct path to legal permanent residency within eight years for undocumented immigrants if they meet certain requirements. It expands security funding and requires employers to check the legal status of their workers. The White House has stated that the leaked legislation was not final and it was meant to be a backup plan. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“While political guesswork focuses on how a White House leak might influence the negotiation process in Congress, the fact is that immigration reform remains on track, propelled by broad public support and a steady pro-reform movement of conservative ‘Bibles, Badges and Business.’

“Look no further than the Lone Star State for proof of the turning tide in the immigration debate. Last week in Austin, conservative business, faith and law enforcement leaders in Texas urged their congressional delegation to support broad immigration reform during the Texas Immigration Summit. And today, conservative leadership from these constituencies launched the Texas Compact, a declaration of Texan values for sound immigration policy.

“The political bipartisan spirit exists now for prompt action on immigration solutions. The time for partisan bickering is over. It’s time for serious legislating to begin on a balanced package that includes a meaningful path to earned citizenship. We are confident that the White House and Congress can find a reasonable course forward to get reform done, get it done right, and make it work.”

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