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Today’s 68-32 vote in the Senate in favor of comprehensive immigration reform represents a monumental step forward for reform that will do right by the American economy and American families. Senators from across the political spectrum showed that they are willing to come together in a productive, bipartisan way in an incredibly tough political climate, amid continuing gridlock – and we applaud their courage in doing so.
We recognize that the House will have its own approach to components of reform, and we know that in order for this vitally important process to move forward, the House will work its will as it considers ways to fix our broken, archaic immigration system.
We will continue to advocate for commonsense principles that we believe must be represented in comprehensive reform efforts:
· Tough, effective border security measures, including providing law enforcement the tools they need to secure the border;
· A simple and effective employment verification system to ensure that employers play by the rules, and to crack down on those who abuse the law;
· Modifications to the new worker program to include an increase in the number of H-1B visas to attract the world’s best and the brightest workers, while implementing reforms that encourage this talent to reside permanently in the U.S.;
· Establishing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States who do not have legal status; and
· Reforming the legal immigration system to better strengthen the American economy and American families.
We know that much hard work remains as the House takes up efforts at immigration reform, and we look forward to working with leadership and membership moving ahead. FWD.us will continue to advocate for comprehensive, bipartisan reform that will attract innovators, build prosperous neighborhoods with strong families and good jobs, and ensure the U.S. continues to lead the world in the growth of the knowledge economy.