NCLR Applauds Senate Action to Move Closer to Final Vote on Immigration Reform

June 12 2013


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Urges senators to continue to stand strong against efforts to derail bill

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, the U.S. Senate moved one step closer to a vote on final passage of the bipartisan "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013" (S. 744), the comprehensive reform bill set to overhaul our nation’s broken immigration system. With a vote of 85 to 12, an overwhelming number of senators helped propel the bill forward, and a final vote on passage is expected sometime in the coming weeks.

“We applaud the Senate for taking this critical step in moving the comprehensive immigration reform bill forward, and we recognize the important role senators and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have played in keeping the core of the bill intact,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza).

“Immigration reform shouldn’t be a partisan issue; there is no doubt that it is in the economic interests of our nation that we bring justice and equanimity to the laws that govern our immigration system. There are 11 million hardworking immigrants waiting in the wings to expand their contributions to our nation; therefore, it is critical that we act now,” Murguía concluded.

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