Governor Pat Quinn today released the below statement regarding the U.S. Senate's vote to pass comprehensive national immigration reform.
"Today our nation took a significant step towards repairing its broken immigration system. I commend Illinois Senators Durbin and Kirk for their votes in favor of this common-sense and comprehensive national immigration reform proposal.
"Since its founding, America has drawn strength from immigrants who have come in search of a better life. This bill honors our history by establishing a new, fair path towards earned citizenship for 11 million undocumented individuals.
"Immigration reform is not only the right thing to do. It will also stimulate Illinois' economy over the next 10 years by creating an estimated 4,400 new jobs annually and generating $1.6 billion in additional taxes from immigrants to state coffers. It will send a signal that the people of the United States embrace the freedom-seekers and entrepreneurs who wish only for a shot at the American Dream and a chance to contribute.
"As governor of one of the nation's most immigrant-friendly states, I call on the U.S. House of Representatives to act quickly to pass this legislation."