U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in support of the Senate's immigration reform legislation (S.744):
"Our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed, and passing this bill today is an important first step towards fixing it. The legislation as it stands right now is far from perfect, but it takes a number of strong steps forward to strengthening border security, addressing our short- and long-term labor needs, and ensuring that anyone who comes to our country is responsible for paying into the system. I look forward to working with the House of Representatives and continuing to be an active part of the process of fixing our broken immigration system."
NOTE: Hatch authored an op-ed in Tuesday's Salt Lake Tribune in which he discussed amendments he successfully had added to the bill and his commitment to continuing to work on it.