Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees U.S. border and port security, immigration and customs, among other relevant issues, released the following statement reacting to the announcement of an immigration bill framework by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.):
"I'm encouraged that my colleagues were able to reach a bipartisan agreement on the framework for comprehensive immigration reform. Our nation's immigration system hasn't been updated in over 25 years, and it is well past time to overhaul our laws to make them more effective, humane, and to improve our nation's economic competitiveness while safeguarding our security. I stand ready to work with my colleagues as this process moves forward. I believe the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee can be a good partner in developing legislation in this area, particularly as we work to secure our borders and ports of entry in a cost effective and efficient manner."