Pelosi Statement on Anniversary of Senate Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Apr 16, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking one year since bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation was introduced in the Senate:

“Today marks a full year since a bipartisan group of Senate leaders introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the Senate.  The legislation they introduced would secure our borders, protect our workers, unite our families, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.  It would create jobs, reduce the deficit, and restore confidence in our values as a nation.  It was debated, amended, and passed through the Senate by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 68 to 32.

“Yet within that same year, House Republicans have done nothing but offer excuses for their failure to act.  Instead of allowing a vote on the bipartisan comprehensive immigration our nation wants and needs, House Republicans break promises, abandon their principles, and vote to deport bright young DREAMers from the only country they have ever known.  

“The American people are sick and tired of House Republican obstruction, and House Democrats are demanding a vote.  With 200 cosponsors of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform in the House, and 30 Republicans who have expressed public support for reforming our broken immigration system, the votes are there.  House Republicans should stop making excuses and start making progress on this essential issue.  It is time for the House to act on bipartisan legislation similar to the Senate bill, H.R. 15: comprehensive immigration reform legislation that creates jobs, fuels innovation, empowers small business, grows our economy and reduces the deficit.”

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