Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

“I listened with interest to President Obama’s remarks in Texas today about our broken immigration system.  I am committed to comprehensive immigration reform, as I always have been.  That is why I supported the comprehensive proposal introduced by Senator Menendez last Congress, and I supported President George W. Bush’s efforts before that.

“Immigration reform is a complicated and emotional topic, and while there are many differences of opinion, there are more areas in which we are in agreement.  I believe one thing is clear, however:  We cannot ‘enforce’ our way out of our current situation.  The President and his team have made strides in enforcement.  Truly comprehensive immigration reform must preserve family unity, account for the Nation’s economic needs, protect American workers, and improve our Nation’s border security.

“I stand ready to work with President Obama, Secretary Napolitano, and leaders in Congress to reform our immigration laws in a fair, sensible, and effective way.  There is bipartisan agreement that reform is needed.  I hope we can come together to achieve that goal.”

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