Today, after a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators agreed to a framework for comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:
"This is an issue that we've had bipartisan support for in the past, and I am encouraged that key Republican voices are once again joining Democrats to work toward a solution.
"I have long been an advocate for comprehensive and common-sense immigration reform and I am optimistic that Congress can finally get the job done. For those who are here and working hard, there needs to be a path for earned citizenship.
"This bipartisan framework could help build momentum, but it won't mean much if it isn't followed up with legislative action. It won't be easy, but we have an opportunity to create a stronger and more effective immigration system that is balanced and fair and strengthens America's economic competitiveness. Now is the time to act."