Politics
10:28 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Joins Bipartisan Group Favoring Immigration Reform

Congressman John Yarmuth and Senator Rand Paul
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is joining a bipartisan group of eight House members who are voicing support for fixing the country's immigration system.

Efforts for comprehensive reform in the Senate was backed by President Obama this week after a group of eight senators reached an agreement and unveiled their legislative package.

Among the notable compromises in the measure is giving the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship, but only after stricter border security standards are made. The legislation would also crack down on American employers who hire illegal immigrants.

The statement from Yarmuth's office says lawmakers in the House are also working on drafting a similar bill with Democratic and Republican support.

From Yarmuth's office:

"Americans want to see the nation’s broken immigration system fixed, and they know it will take bipartisanship to solve this problem in a sensible and rational way. This week, a bipartisan group of Senators stepped forward to introduce their proposal, and we applaud their effort.

We are also working on a good faith, bipartisan effort in the House. We believe we will soon agree on a reasonable, common-sense plan to finally secure our borders and strengthen our economy with a tough but fair process for immigrants to fully contribute to our country that respects the rule of law.

While we have made substantial progress, we continue to work diligently towards a bill that keeps America strong, competitive and true to our values."

The group includes Reps. Xavier Becerra, D-Ca., John Carter, R-Tx., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fl., Luis Gutierrez, D-Il., Sam Johnson, R-Tx., Raul Labrador, R-Id., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Ca..

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