NM lawmakers react to bipartisan immigration proposalJanuary 28th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Hawa Konte under N.M. Politics
A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
New Mexico lawmakers released statements on the new immigration reform legislation.
Udall Statement on Immigration Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
“I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue.
“The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verification to hold employers accountable. I’m also pleased that it would provide further certainty for DREAMers and recognizes the importance of workforce stability within the agriculture industry. As a border state, this is good news for New Mexico.
“I look forward to reviewing the details of this legislation as it takes form and working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to give this issue the attention it deserves.”
Heinrich Statement on Bipartisan Immigration Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 28, 2013) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
“I am encouraged by today’s bipartisan support to fix our broken immigration system.
“New Mexico’s remarkable spirit is rooted in our rich diversity and culture. We need a fair and just approach to comprehensive immigration reform. One that includes a roadmap for undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship, pay a fine, complete a background check, study English, and show a commitment to America. And we can do this while strengthening enforcement and securing our borders.
“New Mexicans are eager for a solution, DREAM Act students deserve a solution, and our economy requires a solution. The time is now to get this done.”
Lujan Grisham Statement on Senate Immigration Proposal
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to the Senate ‘Gang of 8’s’ Immigration Proposal.
“As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I believe the Senate Gang of 8’s statement of principles on immigration reform is a first step toward what eventually could be a workable system. As such, it is encouraging to me that there is bipartisan agreement on the need to move forward in a comprehensive manner, which includes helping more than 11 million undocumented individuals get on an earned pathway to citizenship. It is also heartening that there is finally an understanding of the many benefits to our country brought about by getting millions of people out of the shadows and into full participation in our society. I look forward to reviewing the details of the bill and getting to work on this critical issue, but will remain vigilant on the types of proposed triggers attached to the pathway to citizenship. We must ensure that they are necessary and feasible, but they don’t serve as insurmountable obstacles to achieving citizenship.”