06.18.13

#CIRfloor: The Time Is Now To Pass Comprehensive, Smart Immigration Reform

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff
S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization
The Time Is Now To Pass Comprehensive, Smart Immigration Reform

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act will reform the nation’s immigration laws for the first time in a generation. For nearly a decade, lawmakers from both parties have acknowledged that this outdated system must be updated for the 21st Century. Last week, 84 Senators voted to proceed to debate on the bill.

Despite this consensus, some lawmakers are stalling progress by preventing votes on the dozens of amendments that have been filed. Today, the Senate has scheduled votes on four of those amendments, which will hopefully lead to further amendment votes and an orderly, full, and fair debate on this important measure to reform our immigration system.

National Figures from Across the Country Agree the Time is Now for Meaningful Reform

  • Immigration reform, it’s the right time, it’s the right place. It’s the right thing to do. As the former Commissioner of New York City and the former Police Chief in Los Angeles, the two largest immigrant populations in America, I’ve dealt firsthand over many years with the issues that that community faces. This is a bill that needs to pass for them and for our country. ” William Bratton, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, 6/13/2013
  • “We vigorously agree on a bill that makes common sense and takes people out of the shadows and provides for our economy the people we need to move forward.” Tom Donohue, President, US Chamber of Commerce, 6/13/2013
  • Our immigration system is out of date and badly in need of reform. Our law enforcement, our economy, our workforce, and our communities are suffering and frustrated by current patchwork of laws and requirements that make up this system.” Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, 2/13/2013
  • “It is not only a moral imperative of this… country to move forward with appropriate reform, but I think it also demonstrates what is best about America, and that is the ability to pull together for the good of the whole and not the least of which is to enhance national security and local public safety. I believe that not just the very important provisions about increased border security do that, but the entirety of the bill is about fixing a system in order to reduce illegal immigration… and make immigration once again work for America.”  Former Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, 4/22/2013

This is the Best Chance We Have Had in a Decade to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

 

  • This bill represents the best opportunity that we have had in quite a long time to fix our broken immigration system. It truly is both common sense and comprehensive.” Julian Castro, Mayor, San Antonio, TX, 6/11/2013

 

  • “I am delighted that at a time when people talk about Washington not being able to get something done and coming together, we have seen a lot of movement on this issue because we have a growing consensus… this is a real opportunity for Congress to get together and make progress.”  Grover Norquist, President, Americans For Tax Reform, 4/22/2013

Senators from Both Parties Agree the Time Has Come for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  • “We do have an opportunity to come together here on something that will make a real difference for a lot of people. Something, if done correctly, can do a lot of good.”  Sen. Hatch (R-UT), Senate Floor, 6/12/2013

 

  • “Americans are right to demand better from their elected representatives, and there's merit in allowing this legislation to proceed in an open and transparent manner. In doing so, we rightfully recognize that there is widespread and bipartisan consensus for lasting immigration reform. That consensus exists in this chamber, Mr. President, and it exists across the country.”  Sen. Wicker (R-MS), Senate Floor, 6/12/2013
  • “I appreciate that we are now having this process to address a broken immigration system. Virtually everyone agrees the immigration system we now have is broken.”  Sen. Cruz (R-TX), Judiciary Committee markup, 5/09/2013
  • “Congress last enacted a major overhaul of immigration policy in 1986 during President Reagan’s administration over a quarter century ago.  The time is now for Congress to act.Sen. Cardin (D-MD), Senate Floor, 6/13/2013

 

  • “There is broad agreement that our Nation’s immigration system is broken and in need of a comprehensive solution….This is a measure the Senate should come together to consider and pass.  We should do what is right, what is fair, and what is just.” Sen. Leahy  (D-VT), Senate Floor, 6/10/2013

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