Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, released the following statement in response to the bipartisan immigration framework announced today. The measure would strengthen our border security, create a tough but fair legalization program, create a workable system to ensure that employers only hire legal workers in the future, and make sure we admit workers that can help America better compete in the 21st century global marketplace.
“There is bipartisan agreement that our nation’s immigration and border security system is broken and must be fixed. We must ensure that our borders are secure. At the same time, we must find a tough but fair process that allows illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows and find a path toward citizenship if they want to stay in this country. This is about keeping families whole and ensuring that immigration laws are respected. I commend my colleagues, including Senators Schumer and McCain, for coming together across party lines to develop a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform. I also appreciate that the principles announced ‘will strengthen prohibitions against racial profiling and inappropriate use of force.’”