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May 13, 2010

A call for bi-partisan work to fix a broken immigration system

THE HILL: (Reid Op-Ed): - Our immigration system is broken, and only bipartisan work will fix it

By Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) May 11, 2010

http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/97325-our-immigration-system-is-broken-and-only-bipartisan-work-will-fix-it

We have a serious challenge in this nation, and I hear about it from Nevadans all the time: Our immigration system is broken. Democrats, Republicans and Independents all agree, and history has shown that neither a piecemeal nor a border-only approach will work to fix this problem. Furthermore, the immigration law recently enacted in Arizona is clear evidence this problem will become worse the longer we wait to comprehensively address this on a national level.

In 2006 and 2007, I was a part of an effort to push for a federal, comprehensive approach to fix our system, secure our nation's borders and institute tough, fair measures to govern our immigration process. The Senate passed a bill in 2006 that, unfortunately, the House refused to consider. And in 2007, mischaracterizations of our effort by the bill's opponents drove away some of the moderate Republicans who wanted to find common ground. President Bush supported this legislation. We spent more time on the issue of immigration in the 109th and 110th Congresses than any other because I felt it was that important. Three years later, it is no less important and still must be addressed. That's why, led by Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and building upon the bipartisan negotiations he has led for a year, Senate Democrats recently unveiled an outline of concrete ideas to move this dialogue forward - and we asked Senate Republicans to join us...".

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 13, 2010 06:39 AM

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