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Statement by Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Immigration Reform


Location: Washington, DC


"As a result of a late-night procedural vote yesterday [Thursday, June 7, 2007], the Senate's consideration of immigration reform is on hold for now.

"When the Senate again focuses on this important issue, I will continue to do my best to ensure that the legislation that emerges is practical and fair, and strongly supports family reunification. During the two weeks of immigration debate, I supported amendments that strengthen family reunification, including one that exempts the children of certain Filipino veterans of World War II from numerical visa limits, thereby allowing sons and daughters to care for their aging parents. I also believe immigrant families help our nation to flourish. They bring an entrepreneurial spirit, and a willingness to work hard. As a result, immigrants become productive members of our society.

"Furthermore, I want to be certain that immigrants who have followed all the legal and proper procedures to become U.S. citizens have the first opportunity to become citizens of our great country. They have waited patiently for many years, and must not be pushed to the back of the line.

"We must also find a reasonable way to deal with the 12 million people who are in the United States illegally. They cannot be ignored. Some 70,000 of their sons and daughters have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. That is clear evidence of their patriotism and support of the United States."

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