Congressman Charles Rangel released the following statement in response to today's announcement made by a bipartisan group of Senators on their set of immigration reform principles to help guide the impending legislative debate:
"I am very pleased that my Colleagues in the Senate have agreed to work together towards comprehensive immigration reform that would create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans and implement border security.
President Barack Obama is committed to immigration reform and has made it his Administration's top priority during his second term. I hope that 2013 will be the year that Congress will finally pass legislation that will provide opportunities for millions of immigrants to pursue the American Dream. The majority of American people support it; Democrats want it; and Republicans need it. This is the right thing to do for the country, and now is the time.
As a proud representative of a congressional district that is home to a huge immigrant population, I have been a longtime advocate for immigration reform and sponsor of the DREAM Act since it was first introduced in 2001. I am committed to supporting the President as he pushes to make the American Dream a reality for everyone in America.
I thank my dear friends Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez, as well as Senators John McCain, Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Michael Bennet, Marco Rubio, and Jeff Flake, for their leadership on this issue. There's no time for partisan games; the American people want and deserve a real and lasting solution. I urge my Colleagues in the House to reach across the aisle toward serious and sensible immigration reform."