NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ issued the following statement in response to today's Senate vote on S. 744 - the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
"The National League of Cities (NLC) applauds today's Senate vote to pass historic immigration overhaul legislation. While this bill is not perfect, it goes a long way towards increasing the economic competitiveness of our nation and providing a common sense approach to national immigration reform. Local elected officials across the country join with me in thanking each of the 68 Senators who recognized and voted to support this long overdue need for change.
"This legislation offers a common sense solution to our broken structure, and gives hope to city leaders across the country who every day must deal with the consequences of the current fragmented system. Today's vote affirms what our residents have been telling us -- the time for reform is now!
"However, while today's vote is a major step forward towards seeing an immigration bill become law, we remain concerned about the lack of a clear path forward in the House for immigration reform. The National League of Cities will continue to be diligent in the work with Congressional leaders in the coming weeks to ensure that a bill good for the country and communities reaches the President's desk."
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.