Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the U.S. Senate's introduction of a new comprehensive immigration bill:
"I applaud our colleagues in the Senate for taking this critical step forward and doing what is right. This has been long time coming, but we are not finished yet. We have been fighting for immigrants who work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to our communities, and now we have a great opportunity to reform our broken immigration system that will protect our families, keep our borders safe and secure, and help our economy grow. We must continue to work together with the Senate and with the House to pass true, comprehensive immigration reform this year."
Today, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the landmark bipartisan legislation. The comprehensive bill would offer a path to legalization and possible citizenship to over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.; reduce the current backlog; reunite families; and protect all workers. The bipartisan group of Senators will hold a series of public hearings across multiple Senate Committees to debate and review the legislation.
"We look forward to moving in the same path when a bill arrives in the House of Representatives to eventual Presidential signature," Napolitano said.
Summary of immigration bill provisions:
- Earned path to citizenship: Offers a responsible path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
- Employment verification: Implements an employment verification system to avoid identity fraud and obligates employers to verify the legal status of their employees.
- Border Control: Secures the border to help prevent future border crossings.
- Future immigration and families: Creates a logical future approach to legal immigration and facilitates future economic needs; recognizes the value of keeping strong families together.