06.30.14

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

“One year after the Senate came together to pass historic legislation to reform our broken immigration system, the House still has failed to act. Because of the failure of House Republicans to do anything to address the national crisis at our border, the president has no choice but to act.  I support him in this effort and I urge those Republican critics who claim we must first secure our border to actually read the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This bill would double the number of border patrol agents and authorize the completion of a 700-mile wall at the Southern border. This bill would also create a system worthy of our American values. There is still time this year to accomplish meaningful and historic reform. I urge Republican leaders in the House not to waste another day and to bring up the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”

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