State of the Union Highlights Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform

Assistant Director of Communications

January 28, 2014

President’s Speech and Republican Response Both Address Need for Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This evening, President Obama gave his State of the Union Address from the U.S. House of Representatives, followed by a rebuttal from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05).

After the speeches, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement:

“Tonight’s remarks were an encouraging sign of the road ahead on immigration reform in 2014.

“Immigration holds a unique space in today’s Congress as one of the few issues with such unparalleled bipartisan support. President Obama’s comments coupled with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers’ highlight this exceptional opportunity for bipartisan work moving forward.

“The upcoming release of the Republican standards combined with the choice of Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers for the State of the Union response underscores House Leadership’s full intentions to address commonsense immigration reform this Congress.

“As fourth-ranking House Republican, the congresswoman has a history of strongly supporting immigration reform, saying that Congress ‘must pass immigration reform’ and noting that ‘it’s a priority for Republicans, [and] for Democrats.’

“On the heels of tonight’s encouraging remarks from both sides of the aisle, we look forward to a productive 2014 for immigration reform.”