DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after the United States Senate passed common sense immigration reform by a broad margin:
“I applaud the members of the U.S. Senate for coming together in a bipartisan fashion to pass common sense immigration reform. President Obama has called on Congress time and again to do the right thing and today’s vote is an important step forward in that effort. Getting immigration reform done is critical for our country, and it’s the right thing to do. That’s why so many senators from both sides of the aisle came together to approve this legislation.
“At our core, we are a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. That’s why common sense reform is so important. Right now our immigration system is broken, and we need to fix it. We need smarter enforcement, a pathway to citizenship, and improvements to our legal system. Common sense immigration reform makes border security a top priority by promising the biggest commitment to border security in our nation’s history. It will create a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people in this country who are here illegally—a process that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty and going to the back of the line—and at the end of the process is the opportunity to become part of our American family.
“This is an important step, but it’s not the end. Now it’s time for my colleagues in the House to do the right thing for our country and take up common sense immigration reform legislation so that we can get this done.”