U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after signing on as an original co-sponsor of a comprehensive immigration reform proposal, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15):
"I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing a comprehensive immigration reform proposal that will fix this broken system and provide a pathway to citizenship for families in Rhode Island and across the United States. The Senate acted last June to approve a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform proposal, and it is important for the House to act soon so we can strengthen our economy and create jobs here in America. Throughout its history, the United States has always been a land of hope and opportunity for those who want to pursue a better life for themselves and their families. This bill will reinforce that promise and make our country even stronger."