Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro released this statement following passage of the bi-partisan "Gang of 8' comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate:
"Our nation was built and continues to grow on the shoulders of immigrants. In America, from generation to generation, we witness the many contributions immigrants have made to help make our nation what it is today. As a proud product of San Antonio, Texas, I am encouraged to see my colleagues in the Senate acknowledge the core role immigrants play in our nation.
The Senate's strong vote in favor of fixing our broken immigration system that has relegated millions of folks into the shadows continues to build historic momentum on this issue. As the debate moves to the House of Representatives, I'm proud to join the millions of Americans calling for comprehensive immigration reform to become a reality. I look forward to working constructively with folks on both sides of the aisle to get comprehensive immigration reform done this year and move our nation forward."