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Senators Outline Goals for Immigration Reform in Washington Post Op-Ed

Friday, March 19, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today outlined their bipartisan proposal for immigration reform in a much-awaited guest editorial in the Washington Post, calling for a four-part plan that would require biometric Social Security cards to ensure that illegal workers cannot acquire jobs (AMI has advocated for voluntary pilot project bio-metric); fulfill and strengthen border security and interior enforcement; create a process for admitting temporary workers; and implement a tough but fair path to legalization.

“The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation. We urge the public and our colleagues to join our bipartisan efforts in enacting these reforms,” the senators wrote.

President Obama responded with a statement, saying the proposal “should be the basis for moving forward” and pledged to assist in creating a bipartisan consensus this year around the bill.

The editorial comes in advance of a planned Sunday rally in Washington demanding immigration reform.

AMI is supportive of comprehensive immigration reform legislation and will continue to advocate for a plan that addresses practical employee verification, an earned-legalization process for workers in the United States and a viable expanded employment visa program that can be used for full-time, non-seasonal jobs. 

To view a copy of the guest editorial, click here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/17/AR2010031703115.html.

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