Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15): “We are closer than we have ever been to a solution that fixes our dysfunctional immigration system once and for all.
“From the beginning, the CHC has urged the Gang of Eight to develop a solution that provides an earned path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. We are pleased this principle is a core tenet of their bill, and that our other priorities of keeping families together, providing a workable solution for the business community and preserving our values as Americans are included. We are especially pleased the legislation includes the strongest proposal that has ever been presented to Dreamers, in that these bright minds will finally have the expedient path to citizenship that they deserve.
“There’s no doubt that the issues at hand are complex, but the Senate bill proves that common ground exists. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to proceed in the same spirit of bipartisanship that allowed this legislation to be developed. The American public expects us to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and our economy needs us to act as soon as possible. The CHC will remain vigilant throughout this process, so that Congress delivers the kind of reform our country and our community deserves.”
Rep. Gutierrez (IL-04), Chair of the CHC Immigration Task Force: “We have an extraordinary opportunity to resolve a tough set of public policy, border, and immigration issues and for Republicans and Democrats to work together like adults to do it. It is very encouraging and exciting and we as a nation cannot let this important opportunity to make progress and improve things for everyone slip away. In my community, there is an urgent need for reform and I am confident the Congress will pass a bill that will be signed into law this year.” (Press contact Douglas.Rivlin@mail.house.gov)
First Vice Chair Ben Ray Luján (NM-03): “I commend the bipartisan Gang of 8 for their months of hard work to craft a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a pathway to citizenship. A growing coalition has formed and momentum is building toward a comprehensive solution. Congress must seize this opportunity. I look forward to carefully reviewing all of the details of this important legislation that I hope takes us a significant step closer to passing reform that is fair, tough, and practical in order to strengthen our economy, keep our country safe, and reflect the contributions immigrants make to our communities every day.”(Press contact Andrew.Stoddard@mail.house.gov)
Second Vice Chair Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38): “I congratulate this bipartisan group of Senators for taking this first step to fix our broken immigration system. There are 11 million aspiring citizens who want to come out of the shadows and be a part of the country they know and love, and this is a very positive step in this direction. I am pleased that this legislation includes a pathway to citizenship for these 11 million people and that it allows family members who were deported because of status to reunite with their spouses, parents and children. I am also pleased that this legislation is a serious attempt to reduce the immigration backlog and that it recognizes DREAM Act eligible students need a faster path to citizenship in the only country they have ever known. I look forward to reviewing the entire bill, and I hope that House Republicans will join us and work to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality.” (Press contact Adam.Hudson@mail.house.gov)
Whip Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01): “The Senate immigration reform package is a promising start to a Comprehensive Immigration Reform. I am particularly pleased with the clear path to citizenship for DREAMers and the efforts to reunite families. As this bill moves forward, I look forward to working with my colleagues to address some lingering issues so that families can come out of the shadows and we can finally pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” (Press contactDominic.Gabello@mail.house.gov)
Congressman José E. Serrano (NY-16): “I applaud the Senate group for finding common ground on a bill that will extend citizenship to so undocumented immigrants,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “These people have waited far too long for the opportunity to become American citizens and they should not have to wait longer. The bill must pass the Senate quickly and the House should follow suit. The time is now for this comprehensive immigration reform package.” (Press contact Philip.Schmidt@mail.house.gov)
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY):“Fixing our broken immigration system is a moral imperative.” (Press contact Alex.Haurek@mail.house.gov)
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40): “The legislation being introduced in the Senate is a good first step toward comprehensive immigration reform. I am thrilled to see that this bill includes a strong DREAM Act provision, which would allow those who were brought to the U.S. as children to be eligible for citizenship after five years. I have been fighting for DREAMers for many years and today marks a great step forward for these young people.” (Press contactElizabeth.Murphy@mail.house.gov)
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32): “I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for taking this critical step and doing what is right. This has been long time coming, but we are not there yet. We must continue to come together in the Senate and the House to pass true, comprehensive immigration reform this year.” (Press contactJerry.Odonnell@mail.house.gov)
Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29): “This bill is a historic first step toward allowing more than 11 million human beings to come out of the shadows and become recognized, productive members of our society. I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate understand the essential need for any legislation to include a pathway to citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who are responsible for the food we place on our tables each day. As legislation moves forward and amendments are offered, I will remain vigilant against any effort to legalize farm worker mistreatment. I will fight, until the final vote, making certain that any legislation ensures these workers, who work in some of the most difficult conditions, are treated with dignity and respect.” (Press contactPaul.Kincaid@mail.house.gov)
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20):“I am encouraged to witness the spirit of bipartisanship in Congress. The American people have demanded action and this Senate bill makes clear that this Congress is willing to deal with immigration reform in good-faith and with a reasonable plan. I applaud the Senators’ efforts in outlining an earned path to citizenship to the millions of families and young DREAMers in our country, revamping our current legal immigration system and addressing concerns about border security. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.” (Press contactLaura.Zapata@mail.house.gov)
Congressman Pete Gallego (TX-23). “I’m currently reviewing the legislation, but I’m encouraged that after more than two decades, we finally have a framework to a common sense immigration process. Our values teach us that families should stick together and that hard work not circumstance should shape our future. We can agree that our nation becomes stronger as more people learn English, pledge allegiance to our flag, and can commit fully to this nation. I’m hopeful that the trigger mechanisms are created in good-faith and that they are not an attempt to further move the goal post. I asked the Gang of Eight to give special consideration to members of the armed forces who risk their lives for our country and families. The immigration process should ensure special consideration for these men and women.” (Press contact Rebecca.Acuna@mail.house.gov)
Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51): “I am pleased to see that the Senate has released a comprehensive immigration reform package, which includes a path to citizenship. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to ensure that the aspiring citizens of our country are treated with dignity and respect.” (Press contactDianna.Zamora@mail.house.gov)