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USHCC Applauds Senate Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today commended the Senate passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which offers a workable plan to strengthen our border and establishes a pathway to earned citizenship for our nation's immigrants. Passage of the bill came after five markup sessions and debate of over 300 proposed amendments offered by both Democrats and Republicans.

"Today's bill passage by the U.S. Senate is a monumental step forward in reforming our nation's broken immigration system," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "We are a country built by immigrants, and this bipartisan effort recognizes the degree to which they contribute to our nation's growth and the expansion of its economy.

Vice President Biden, in a rare moment of ceremony reserved for votes of historic significance, presided over the Senate's vote. With the support of all Democrats and 14 Republicans, the Senate voted 68-32 in support of reforming our country's broken immigration system.

"We commend the Senate's passage today of commonsense immigration reform and the creation of a new system that is in line with the needs of our nation," stated USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. "We are confident that as a result, business leaders will better be able to innovate, invest, and create jobs, which will be crucial to achieve lasting economic growth and ensuring our nation's continued prosperity."

"Though the Democrats in the Senate have displayed great commitment on this issue, I specifically want to commend the Republican Senators who voted with their Democratic colleagues to support the country's immigrant communities," continued Palomarez. "The heartfelt thanks of the Hispanic business community goes to Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Sen. Jeff Chiesa of New Jersey, Sen.Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida."

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.

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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932 vpereda@ushcc.comSource:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce