June 27, 2014

Udall Calls on House to Act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A year after the Senate passed reform, House still unwilling to act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Senate's passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation:

As residents of a border state, New Mexicans understand the challenges we face in securing our border while also respecting that we are a nation of immigrants. They also know how critical it is for us to act to protect our nation, strengthen families and support our economy. Today marks a year since I proudly joined the Senate in passing comprehensive immigration legislation to humanely reform our immigration policy and dramatically improve our border security.

The newest immigration crisis we face at our border is heartbreaking - thousands of women and children seeking entry out of desperation and based on false information about our immigration policies. In the last two weeks, I've heard many of my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives throw around blame for this situation without offering a realistic solution. The fastest way to clarify and enforce our laws is in their hands - passing the Senate immigration reform legislation. And I call on them to act urgently.