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Further Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 February 27, 2015
Jared Polis, D-CO
"Those two can be reconciled through sensible, comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our broken immigration system. And yes, it is broken; and yes, President Obama’s first steps don’t completely fix it; but together, we can make it work."
Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion To Proceed—Continued February 25, 2015
Edward Markey, D-MA
"The President’s Executive order recognizes the value of immigrants to our country. President Obama’s Executive order will bring millions of law-abiding immigrants out of the shadows and help to keep those families together. The order allows law enforcement to focus its resources where they belong: reinforcing security at our borders and prosecuting and deporting dangerous criminals who pose threats to public safety. This Executive action cannot and should not be viewed as the final word on the matter of immigration reform. It is the beginning of an effort to permanently fix our broken immigration system."
Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion To Proceed—Continued February 25, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"This is another needless, made-in-Washington crisis. We find ourselves here today because of the House’s initial failure to act for more than a year and a half on bipartisan legislation that the Senate passed to help fix our broken immigration system. The House’s inaction forced the President to do what he could through the executive authorities available to him. Those actions are welcomed. But they are not permanent, legislative fixes. Now, because Republicans in the House are angry that the President acted where they would not, they are threatening the functions of the very agency that helps protect our borders, our airspace, our waterways, and our communities."
Department Of Homeland Security Funding February 25, 2015
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"Remember, it was the Senate that passed a comprehensive immigration bill 2 years ago. I was part of the group that wrote it. We passed it on the floor with 68 votes, and the Republican House of Representatives refused to even call the bill, or any bill, on the subject. And when they failed do anything to fix our broken immigration system, the President said: I am going to issue some Executive orders to deal with this problem if Congress refuses to act, and he did."
Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion To Proceed—Continued February 24, 2015
Al Franken, D-MN
"I have always believed the best way to accomplish meaningful and sustainable immigration reform is through congressional action. In the last Congress, the Senate took such action. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I was very proud to play an active role in the comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed with broad bipartisan support. For me, this was a model of how the Senate was supposed to work. Four Senators from each side of the aisle, known as the Gang of 8, came together and crafted a bill which we then marked up in the Judiciary Committee, and I was very pleased that a number of my amendments were included in the bill, which then went to the Senate floor and passed with 68 votes. That bill would have provided a real and comprehensive overhaul of our broken immigration system."

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