Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and brought hope to many immigration supporters. The bill was filed Thursday just as Congress prepares to break until after the November 2nd elections.
Menendez’s immigration bill includes: The DREAM Act, an AgJobs program to legalize undocumented farm workers, grant funding for border security, and clears up a recent issue by stating that only the federal government has the authority to enforce immigration law. In an immediately released statement, President Obama said, “I’m pleased that the bill includes important building blocks laid out in the bipartisan framework presented earlier this year addressing the urgent need for reform.
We cannot continue to allow partisan politics and divisive rhetoric to dominate and delay action on this critical issue. Comprehensive immigration reform would provide lasting and dedicated resources for our border security, while restoring accountability and responsibility to the broken system. I look forward to working with members of both parties to get this done.”
Within the last 12 months three different immigration reform bills have been drafted. The first introduced in December of 2009 by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez.