(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S 3932.) The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) fully supports their plan, which provides Americans with a real solution to its broken immigration system.
“Senators Menendez and Leahy’s legislation confronts our broken immigration system head-on and lays out a sensible plan to fix it,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chairwoman of the CHC. “We need a legal immigration system that works, an end to illegal immigration, a secure border, and rules that everyone will follow. S. 3932 is a clear sign that reforming the immigration system is a top priority. It delivers the solution that Americans have been demanding for years.”
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 promotes effective enforcement of immigration laws. It would require immigrants in the U.S. to register with the government, pay their taxes, learn English, pay a fine, pass a background check and wait in line for permanent residence. Additionally, it ensures that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) receives the resources it needs to effectively secure America’s borders. S. 3932 also incorporates individual pieces of legislation like the DREAM Act and AgJobs. Both of these bills have garnered bipartisan support in the past and provide much needed relief to thousands of students and farm workers.
Now, both chambers of congress have immigration reform legislation teed up and ready to go. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act (CIR-ASAP, H.R. 4321), has 103 co-sponsors in the House. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has endorsed it.
“In this brief session before the elections, we have tried to pass the DREAM Act in the Senate; have worked with the Obama administration to prioritize deporting only the worst of the worst criminals; and have gotten a comprehensive bill introduced in the Senate,” said Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Chair of the CHC’s Immigration Task Force. “S. 3932 puts us on track towards meaningful reform. Every journey begins with one step and this bill moves us closer to the goal.”
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