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Rangel Joins Colleagues in Introducing H.R. 15, Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Oct 2, 2013 Issues: Immigration

Washington, D.C. - Today Congressman Charles B. Rangel joined Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) and many other House Democrats in introducing a comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which is designed to receive bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.  

"The only way immigration reform passes in the House is if Democrats and Republicans compromise.  That is why House Democrats are introducing today not the perfect immigration reform bill, but a compromise bill that should have no trouble gaining bipartisan support," Rangel said. “I have spoken with the residents of the 13th district of New York and have a deeply personal understanding of the failures in our immigration system. I know that I not only speak for the people of New York, but also citizens from every state in the nation, when I say that our system is in need of major repair.”

This comprehensive immigration reform bill contains the provisions of the commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in June by the bipartisan vote of 68 to 32, with one exception.  The exception is that it replaces the Corker-Hoeven border security provisions in the Senate-passed bill with the bipartisan provisions of the McCaul-Thompson border security bill that was reported by the House Homeland Security Committee by voice vote in May.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, enactment of the bipartisan Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill would reduce the deficit by $850 billion.  CBO also estimates that the Senate-passed bill would increase economic growth by 3.3% in 2023 and 5.4% in 3033.

“It is time for the House to act and pass commonsense immigration reforms and get into a conference with the Senate,” Rangel concluded.  “It is critical that we enact a commonsense immigration comprehensive reform into law this year.  Comprehensive reform will reduce our deficit, grow our economy, reaffirm our values, advance our ideals, and honor our history as a nation of immigrants.”

H.R. 15, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill:

  • For securing our borders, contains the provisions of the bipartisan McCaul-Thompson border security bill that received unanimous approval from the House Homeland Security Committee.
  • Contains the same provisions from the bipartisan Senate-passed bill that protect our workers, unite families, and offer hardworking immigrants an earned pathway to citizenship.
  • Also contains the same provisions from the bipartisan Senate-passed bill that reform our visa programs and our interior enforcement.