Friday, March 19, 2010

President Obama praises CIR effort

Statement by the President Praising the Bipartisan Immigration Reform Framework
In June, I met with members of both parties, and assigned Secretary Napolitano to work with them and key
constituencies around the country to craft a comprehensive approach that will finally fix our broken immigration
system. I am pleased to see that Senators Schumer and Graham have produced a promising, bipartisan
framework which can and should be the basis for moving forward. It thoughtfully addresses the need to shore up
our borders, and demands accountability from both workers who are here illegally and employers who game the
My Administration will be consulting further with the Senators on the details of their proposal, but a critical next
step will be to translate their framework into a legislative proposal, and for Congress to act at the earliest
possible opportunity.
I congratulate Senators Schumer and Graham for their leadership, and pledge to do everything in my power to
forge a bipartisan consensus this year on this important issue so we can continue to move forward on
comprehensive immigration reform.

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