USHCC Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee for Moving Immigration Reform Bill to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for its bipartisan vote this week to approve the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, which will now proceed to the Senate floor. The committee's approval came with a 13-5 vote after five markup sessions and debate of over 200 amendments offered by both Democrats and Republicans.

"The USHCC is pleased to see progress in reforming our nation's current immigration system that too often stifles economic development in communities across America," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "This bill will be good for our country's immigrant community, but more importantly, it will improve the economy and benefit every American. As the bill moves to the full Senate, we urge a thorough, constructive debate and prompt passage."

Prior to the markup of the bill in Judiciary Committee, the USHCC coordinated a mobilization of 150 of its member chambers and business associations to support comprehensive immigration reform in a letter submitted to all members of Congress. The coordination was part of a continued effort to ensure that policymakers and opinion leaders understand that immigration reform is an economic imperative for our country.

In a statement after committee approval of the bill, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said, "The dysfunction in our current immigration system affects all of us and it is long past time for reform." He later added, "We need an immigration system that lives up to American values and helps write the next great chapter in American history by reinvigorating our economy and enriching our communities."

"We applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval this week of commonsense immigration reform that strengthens our border, provides an earned pathway to citizenship, and establishes a business friendly worker system," added USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. "The USHCC stands ready to assist Chairman Leahy to encourage bipartisan support for these measures. This legislation will positively affect millions of businesses, families and individuals currently living and working in communities across America."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Communications Manager 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce