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Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Location: Washington, DC

I have said from our first hearing in February on comprehensive immigration reform that a key consideration for me was that the pathway to citizenship not be a false promise. At our hearing with Secretary Napolitano last month, I was reassured by her answers that the requirements contained in the bill are fair and achievable. Last Thursday, the Committee worked in a bipartisan way to resoundingly reject efforts to put up illusive preconditions that would be nothing more than obstacles to that reaching that goal.

Last week, we met for hours and worked through scores of amendments. Some termed our efforts "a lesson in democracy." Many noted that Senators "showed a commitment to fairness and compromise."

This morning, we continue our work and conclude consideration of amendments related to the border security title. I hope we can do that quickly and then turn our attention to non-immigrant visa provisions in title IV. These are very important components of comprehensive reform because they can spur American innovation. I also want to see us improve and make permanent the EB-5 foreign investor program, which has done so much to encourage development and jobs.

Companies like Intel, eBay, Yahoo, Google and many others have benefitted from immigrants and talented, foreign creators. We need to do more to keep these companies and jobs for American workers in this country. Talented contributors from abroad also boost demand for local goods and enrich our communities.

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