Congressman Adam Smith made the following statement after the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate:
It is time to address our immigration system in a comprehensive way, and the Senate passage of their immigration reform bill is a huge step forward. The legislation represents a bipartisan commitment to attract skilled workers, innovative minds, and dedicated individuals that will help create jobs, grow the American economy, and enrich the country with new perspectives and cultural diversity.
As the debate over immigration reform moves forward to the House of Representatives, we must also look to improve our immigration system so that it creates a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants and keeps families together, while protecting our national priorities. I will continue to work with organizations and communities in my district to ensure that we fix our broken immigration system in a way that builds our economy and reflects our national values.