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Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Senate Passage of Immigration Reform


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"I applaud the U.S. Senate on their bipartisan passage of commonsense immigration reform. The bill devotes unprecedented additional resources to the already historic border security improvements this Administration has put in place while also expanding tools that stop employers from hiring illegal workers, deterring future illegal immigration. As a former governor of a border state and as the Secretary of Homeland Security, it is a legislative milestone that I am proud to support. Most importantly, the legislation incorporates the principles the President made clear must be part of commonsense immigration reform, including strengthening border security, creating a path to earned citizenship, cracking down on employers that hire undocumented workers, and streamlining our legal immigration system so everyone is playing by the same set of rules. I am hopeful that the House of Representatives will follow the leadership shown by a strong bipartisan majority of their Senate colleagues and work to fix our broken immigration system."

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