Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) by a vote of 68 to 32:
"It's up to the House of Representatives now. The Senate has done its job and passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that will secure our borders, protect our workers, require employers to comply with common sense laws, unite families and offer hardworking immigrants an earned pathway to become taxpaying American citizens. Immigration reform also will boost our economic recovery and reduce the federal deficit by nearly $200 billion over the next decade.
"It's time for real leadership in the House. We must complement the work done by Democratic and Republican Senators. We must debate and pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. If we work together -- not as Republicans and Democrats but as colleagues and duly elected representatives of the American people -- we'll get the job done."