U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, released the following statement on the immigration proposal announced by a bipartisan group of senators.
“Today’s proposal is an important first step towards enacting desperately needed reforms to our broken immigration system. This issue has been pushed aside for too long – it’s time for Congress to take quick action and pass a comprehensive package that includes providing law enforcement authorities the tools they need to secure our borders, a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country, and a more secure and efficient system for legal immigration.
“Voters sent a clear message last November that it’s time to end the partisan political posturing and start working across the aisle. I’m encouraged to see that a group of senators received that message and am hopeful that my colleagues in the House will follow suit.
“I am particularly pleased to see a bipartisan consensus forming around Sen. Durbin’s leadership on this issue, and I look forward to working with Congressman Gutierrez to produce a similar breakthrough on the House side.”