Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) issued the following statement in response to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act introduced in the Senate today by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
"Today Senators Menendez and Leahy showed true leadership by introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. Instead of punting the issue like so many of our colleagues in Congress, this bill represents a good-faith effort to fix our broken immigration system. The bill contains tough provisions that would secure our borders, crack down on unscrupulous employers who cheat the system, and force immigrants who are here illegally to come out the shadows and to get right with the law by paying fines and registering with the government.
"I especially want to commend the Senators for including the Uniting American Families Act and the DREAM Act. These common sense provisions would bring justice to our immigration laws by promoting family unification and allowing outstanding students who were brought to this country through no fault of their own to achieve the American dream. The bill also includes the Employment Benefit Act, which I sponsored in the House. This provision would reform the EB-5 visa and create a new startup visa that would bring our immigration system into the 21st century and encourage foreigners with good ideas and much-needed capital to invest in our economy, rather than in our competitors'. By streamlining and expanding our nation's EB-5 visa program, we can unleash innovation into our economy, create thousands of quality jobs right here in America, and bring in capital to grow American businesses.
"I call on my colleagues to support this bill and urge them to bring it for a vote as soon as Congress reconvenes. The American people demand that Congress take action to solve this problem. Passing this comprehensive immigration reform bill would do just that."