Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) released the following statement after a bipartisan group of Senators ("Gang of Eight") unveiled their plan for immigration reform.
"I congratulate this bipartisan group of Senators for taking this first step to fix our broken immigration system. There are 11 million aspiring citizens who want to come out of the shadows and be a part of the country they know and love, and this is a very positive step in that direction.
"I am pleased that this legislation includes a pathway to citizenship for these 11 million people and that it allows family members who were deported because of status to reunite with their spouses, parents and children. I am also pleased that this legislation is a serious attempt to reduce the immigration backlog and that it recognizes DREAM Act eligible students need a faster path to citizenship in the only country they have ever known.
"I look forward to reviewing the entire bill, and I hope that House Republicans will join us and work to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality."
In January, Congresswoman Sánchez joined other members of leadership from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) for a meeting at the White House to discuss comprehensive immigration reform with President Obama. During this meeting, the President told CHC leadership that passing comprehensive immigration reform is his top legislative priority.