09.30.10

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 September 30, 2010

“I am pleased to cosponsor Senator Menendez’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.  In the opening days of this Congress, I expressed my steadfast commitment to reform of our nation’s broken immigration system.  The problems we face in our immigration laws are very real today, and action is long overdue.

“The legislation Senator Menendez and I have introduced is an important starting point for this debate.  It protects the rights and opportunities of American workers, while ensuring that American farmers and employers have the help they need.  It promotes jobs to help spur our economy, it supports families, it helps to bring undocumented workers out of the shadows, and it enhances our border security.  These are goals we can all share.

“I remain committed to important legislative efforts including AgJOBS, the Uniting American Families Act, the DREAM Act, and a permanent extension of the EB-5 foreign investors program.  These provisions are important to many Vermonters, and they are all included in this legislation.  The bill also improves protections for refugee and asylum seekers, honoring the American tradition of offering safety to victims of persecution. 

“There are many immigration reform proposals that Democrats and Republicans will support, and many on which there will be a range of differing opinions.  But one thing we should all support is a civil and meaningful debate about how best to update our immigration laws, curb the tide of illegal immigration, and address the violence along the southern border.  Senator Menendez and I are committed to this issue, and I hope all Senators will join us.”

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[The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act was introduced on September 29.]

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