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Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Reform Proposal

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform:

“Today, President Obama demanded firm and swift action on immigration reform – and Congress must answer this clarion call with a bill that is comprehensive, that reflects our history as a nation of immigrants, and that puts the American Dream in reach for anyone who comes to our shores.

“The President’s principles build on the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the commitment of House Democrats to reform that secures our borders, upholds our laws, protects our workers, unites families, and provides a pathway to citizenship.  His proposal seeks to keep LGBT couples together and ensures we attract the best and the brightest in science, technology, engineering, and math to our country.  His plan expands on the work of House Democrats to pass the DREAM Act, offering the promise of earned citizenship for students and service members.  All of these proposals should be enacted in a comprehensive framework.

“An historic opportunity awaits this generation of American leaders.  President Obama has set us on-course to action and bipartisan groups of both Senators and House Members are working together toward reform.  Now, we simply need the will and the courage to act.  Let’s work together to honor our values, respect our nation’s immigrants, and pass legislation that makes America more American.”