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Sen. Kaine, Warner Statements, In English and Spanish, on Final Passage of Immigration Reform Bill

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Great stuff, thanks to Sen. Kaine (see his statement below; also see the video of Kaine speaking, in Spanish, on June 11) and Sen. Warner (see his statements in the comments section) for supporting comprehensive immigration reform!

KAINE STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF COMMONSENSE IMMIGRATION REFORM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after final Senate passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act by a vote of 68 to 32. Kaine has discussed the need for immigration reform at events across Virginia, including in Roanoke, Leesburg, and Reston, and in remarks he delivered in Spanish on the Senate floor:  

“Today the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation with significant bipartisan support – the clearest signal yet that regardless of party, our nation is ready to fix our broken immigration system. This bill improves border security, updates our visa system to attract the talent needed to grow our economy, and creates a fair and rigorous path to legalization that includes the DREAMers who have only known this country as home. For these young people, this legislation will mean a chance to finally feel protected as they pursue an education, join the military, or search for their first job.

“With passage of this important legislation, I’m proud that we’re continuing in the tradition of the English settlers who helped begin our nation’s great history as an immigrant nation when they landed at Jamestown in 1607. Immigrants continue to contribute greatly to the richness of our Commonwealth and our country, and today we have demonstrated that while we are a nation of laws, we are also a nation of fairness and equality. As this bill moves to the House, I am hopeful that today’s vote sends a clear message that this is not a Republican bill or a Democratic bill, but a strong bipartisan bill – one that’s good for our economy and serves the interests of the entire nation.”

 

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DECLARACIÓN DEL SENADOR KAINE SOBRE LA APROBACIÓN DEL PROYECTO DE LEY PARA LOGRAR UNA REFORMA MIGRATORIA INTEGRAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hoy el senador Tim Kaine emitió la siguiente declaración después de que el senado aprobó el proyecto de ley denominado “Proyecto de Ley 2013 para la Seguridad Fronteriza, Oportunidad Económica y Modernización Migratoria”después de 68 votos a favor y 32 votos en contra. Kaine ha hablado sobre la necesidad de aprovar una reforma migratoria en eventos a lo largo de Virginia, incluyendo Roanoke, Leesburg y Reston, como también en la cámara del senado.

“Hoy el senado aprobó el proyecto de ley para lograr una reforma migratoria integral con gran apoyo bipartidista  – la señal más clara que demuestra que independientemente del partido político nuestra nación está lista para reformar nuestro sistema de inmigración. Esta legislación mejora la seguridad fronteriza, actualiza nuestro sistema de visas para atraer el talento necesario para que nuestra economía crezca y crea un camino justo y riguroso a la legalización que incluye a los “DREAMers” quienes consideran a este país como su único hogar. Para estos jóvenes, esta legislación significará el tener la oportunidad de finalmente sentirse protegidos mientras adquieren una educación, se enlistan en el ejército, o buscan su primer trabajo.

“Con la aprobación de esta importante legislación, estoy orgulloso de que estamos continuando la tradición de los pobladores ingleses quien ayudaron a dar inicio a la gran historia de nuestra nación como una nación de inmigrantes cuando llegaron a Jamestown en 1607. Inmigrantes siguen contribuyendo enormemente a la riqueza de nuestro estado de Virginia y de nuestro país, y el día de hoy hemos demostrado que no solo somos una nación de leyes, sino también una nación de justicia e igualdad. Ahora que esta legislación pasa a la cámara de representantes, tengo la esperanza de que el voto de hoy manda un mensaje claro de que este proyecto de ley no es republicano o demócrata, sino bipartidista – una legislación que es buena para nuestra economía y fortalece los intereses de toda la nación.”

  • Statement by President Obama on Senate Passage of Immigration Reform



    Today, with a strong bipartisan vote, the United States Senate delivered for the American people, bringing us a critical step closer to fixing our broken immigration system once and for all.

    I thank Majority Leader Reid, Senator Leahy, Senator Schumer, and every member of the ‘Gang of Eight’ for their leadership, and I commend all Senators who worked across party lines to get this done.  

    The bipartisan bill that passed today was a compromise.  By definition, nobody got everything they wanted.  Not Democrats.  Not Republicans.  Not me.  But the Senate bill is consistent with the key principles for commonsense reform that I – and many others – have repeatedly laid out.

    If enacted, the Senate bill would establish the most aggressive border security plan in our history.  It would offer a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally – a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, and then going to the back of the line behind everyone who’s playing by the rules and trying to come here legally.  It would modernize the legal immigration system so that it once again reflects our values as a nation and addresses the urgent needs of our time.  And it would provide a big boost to our recovery, by shrinking our deficits and growing our economy.

    Today, the Senate did its job.  It’s now up to the House to do the same.

    As this process moves forward, I urge everyone who cares about this issue to keep a watchful eye.  Now is the time when opponents will try their hardest to pull this bipartisan effort apart so they can stop commonsense reform from becoming a reality.  We cannot let that happen.  If you’re among the clear majority of Americans who support reform – from CEOs to labor leaders, law enforcement to clergy – reach out to your Member of Congress.  Tell them to do the right thing.  Tell them to pass commonsense reform so that our businesses and workers are all playing by the same rules and everyone who’s in this country is paying their fair share in taxes.

    We have a unique opportunity to fix our broken system in a way that upholds our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.  We just need Congress to finish the job.

  • Moran Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill, Calls for House Vote

    Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, today released the following statement on Senate passage of bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform legislation (S. 744). The bill passed by a vote of 68-32.

    “I applaud the Senate for advancing a truly bipartisan bill that includes the reforms needed to fix our broken immigration system. Today’s legislation, while not perfect, represents a significant step forward, creating a viable pathway to earned citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented persons currently living in the U.S.

    “Importantly, the Senate bill includes the DREAM Act, legislation that provides an expedited path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children. These individuals, Americans in their hearts if not on paper, will now be able to contribute their talents fully to our nation.”

    “The legislation also increases the number of visas available to immigrants employed in high-skill and agricultural sectors, while strengthening penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers or violate workplace rights. Passage of immigration reform would expand opportunities to a broad spectrum of American businesses and workers, increase national GDP, and decrease the federal budget deficit.

    “Not everything in the bill is perfect. I am troubled by the inclusion of an additional $38 billion to once again double the number of Border Patrol agents along the southern border and build 700 miles of fencing. At a time when federal workers are being furloughed and agency budgets are being slashed, this level of additional border security spending is wasteful and unnecessary. But at the end of the day, this was the price to pay for the kind of bipartisan compromise necessary to move the legislation forward.

    “The Senate’s strong, bipartisan vote demands that House Republican Leadership give it an up or down vote in the House. This was an agreement forged over years of hearings and legislative negotiating. Leading Republicans in the Senate helped craft it with overwhelming Democratic support. It was a model effort, and has earned floor time for consideration.

    “America is and always will be a nation of immigrants, continuously revitalized by those who come to our shores to make a better life for themselves and their families. The Senate bill’s immigration reforms would ensure that the U.S. remains a vibrant and inclusive nation true to our shared heritage.”

  • Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe released the following statement on the United States Senate’s passage of immigration reform:

    “I applaud the United States Senate for coming together yesterday in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive immigration reform. While this bill is not perfect, it is a major step in the right direction toward fixing our broken immigration system, and helping ensure that Virginia remains welcoming to all who want to live, work, start a business, and help grow our economy here legally. While my opponent has opposed immigration reform in the past, Americans here in Virginia and across the nation have called overwhelmingly for lawmakers to fix the system. Our nation was built on the ideas of immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs, and I urge the House to join the Senate and work in a bipartisan manner to get the job done so we can keep our economy moving forward.”