Mark Udall welcomed news today that a bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on a framework to pass comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Udall, a longtime supporter of passing comprehensive immigration reform, said this deal shows that Congress can find common ground on even the most challenging issues.
"As someone who has fought for many years for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, I am pleased to see this bipartisan immigration-reform plan, including a tough, but fair path to citizenship. Colorado's immigrant community, businesses, religious leaders, and agricultural producers all want us to address this urgent problem and fix our broken immigration system," Udall said. "Passing comprehensive immigration reform is about more than strengthening our borders and bringing millions of people out of the shadows: It's about jobs, the economy, and ensuring that businesses have access to labor and that all Coloradans have access to opportunity.
"I look forward to learning more about the details of the proposal in the days ahead. Coloradans of every stripe are demanding action for the good of our national security, our economy and our families. I plan to stand with Coloradans in the coming weeks and months to fight for common-sense immigration reform."
Udall has been a vocal advocate for fixing the country's broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Udall also welcomed the president's decision last year to focus federal law enforcement resources on the deportation of violent felons and not of non-violent youth brought to the United States as children.
Udall also supported the bipartisan Colorado Compact on immigration and attended its unveiling in early December.