Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," a comprehensive immigration reform bill, by a vote of 68-32:
"Today, a bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Senate voted to reaffirm our values, advance our ideals, and honor our history as a nation of immigrants by passing comprehensive immigration reform. With this action, the Senate moved our country one step closer to achieving commonsense reform that reflects our heritage and makes America more American.
"Now, it's the House's turn to act. The bipartisan taskforce of seven has been hard at work on legislation that echoes the spirit of the Senate bill and upholds our basic principles: to secure our borders, protect our workers, unite families, and offer an earned pathway to citizenship. The House must bring up for a vote a bipartisan bill that embodies these principles so we can then work with the Senate in making comprehensive immigration reform the law of the land.
"From generation to generation, immigrants have built, strengthened, and enriched our culture and our society; they have reinvigorated our economy; they have brought their hopes, optimism, and aspirations to the ongoing pursuit of the American Dream. That tradition is embedded into the very fabric of American tradition and strength, and in our time, we must make our own contribution to that legacy with comprehensive immigration reform."