In an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), said that he is preparing a comprehensive immigration reform bill to introduce by Labor Day. In June, Senator Schumer outlined his principles for immigration reform legislation, and many of Schumer’s principles were echoed in a report released this week by the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Immigration.
Schumer’s statement conforms to President Obama’s pledge to move immigration legislation in 2009 and repeated statements by leaders in both the House and Senate that reform would be a priority this year. It is also in line with the desires of a majority of American voters, including Independents and Republicans, who want the immigration system addressed through comprehensive reform.
Following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
“Senator Schumer’s announcement puts to rest any doubts that comprehensive immigration reform legislation will move this year. After years of wedge politics and divisive demagoguery, we are thrilled to see Senator Schumer leading our nation toward a real and workable solution on immigration.”
“The voices of the majority of Americans who want Congress to fix the immigration system are being heard, and we applaud Senator Schumer’s commitment to advancing real, comprehensive immigration reform this year.”