The following statement is from National League of Cities' President, Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee passing on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
"National League of Cities is thrilled to see immigration reform move to the Senate Floor. This is a critical step forward on a long journey towards adoption. We applaud the bipartisan group of Senators that championed the legislation through the process so far. The League of Cities continues to strongly endorse common sense immigration reform that balances all pieces of the immigration system.
"America's current immigration system hurts our residents and our cities. Local governments are stuck in the middle of a national debate while being forced to be on the front lines of enforcing bad federal policy and trying to integrate immigrants into our communities.
"We look forward to working with and encourage all the members of the Senate to enact immigration reform and give the American people in our cities the best possible result while welcoming immigrants to our nation."
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.