"Reforming the immigration system is one of the most critical challenges facing our nation. With millions living in the shadows and with families divided by outdated and arbitrary policies, we must restore balance and fairness to immigration laws. For our national and economic security, we must pursue policies that allow us to account for those who live and work in this country, and we must allow individuals to earn the opportunity to apply for citizenship.
"Comprehensive immigration reform makes our nation more safe, not less, and immigration reform is a critical component of efforts to secure our nation's borders. As immigration reform legislation is crafted in the weeks and months ahead, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that the needs of border communities are addressed. From immigration policies that reunite families to investments in infrastructure and staffing at our ports of entry, reforming and streamlining the existing immigration system will benefit us all."