NCLR Hails Bipartisan Senate Group Blueprint for Immigration Reform

January 28 2013


Joseph Rendeiro
(202) 776-1566

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Signaling that 2013 is the year for immigration reform, a bipartisan group of senators released a set or principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration system that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds Senators Bennet (D–Colo.), Durbin (D–Ill.), Flake (R–Ariz.), Graham (R–S.C.), McCain (R–Ariz.), Menendez (D–N.J.), Rubio (R–Fla.), and Schumer (D–N.Y.) for initiating this process and urges their colleagues in Congress to join them in delivering a commonsense solution to this issue. 

“It is a new day for immigration. This is an incredibly promising sign that policymakers have turned a corner on immigration and are ready to work together on the reform our nation needs and the American people want,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “The senators’ blueprint also confirms unequivocally that a roadmap to citizenship must be part of resolving this issue. We must build on this pivotal moment of constructive bipartisanship and call on other members of Congress to swiftly act to modernize our immigration system and ensure immigrants are fully integrated into our society.”

“NCLR applauds this strong and serious start by the bipartisan group of senators and also the laudable work of our champions on the Hill, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. NCLR will be working closely with them to ensure that we have the immigration system America deserves—one that respects all American families,” Murguía added.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.