Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced a new immigration reform bill that has many supporters hopeful to see a change within the system sooner rather than later. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 was filed just as Congress prepares to break until after the November 2 elections.
Introducing the bill yesterday at a joint press conference with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to discuss electoral prospects, Menendez said that although the issue has caused a deadlock in the past, he believes congress will make progress on the bill when they are back in session. Menendez's bill includes: an AgJobs program to legalize undocumented farm workers, the DREAM Act, generous funding for border security, and promotes family reunification while clarifying that only the federal government has the authority to enforce immigration laws.
President Barack Obama immediately released a statement in response to the new reform bill: "I’m pleased that the bill includes important building blocks laid out in the bipartisan framework presented earlier this year addressing the urgent need for reform. We cannot continue to allow partisan politics and divisive rhetoric to dominate and delay action on this critical issue. Comprehensive immigration reform would provide lasting and dedicated resources for our border security, while restoring accountability and responsibility to the broken system. I look forward to working with members of both parties to get this done."