Blumenthal Statement On Judiciary Committee Approval Of Immigration Reform Bill

(Washington D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of theimmigration reform bill:

"I am proud to have voted tonight with a majority of my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve an historic, groundbreaking immigration reform initiative with a bipartisan coalition sending the bill to the floor for action in coming weeks.

This measure will provide for a pathway to earned citizenship for 11 million people now in the shadows, including most especially the DREAMers of Connecticut and around the country in our schools and military. It protects immigrants against exploitation and trafficking and offers expanded opportunities for high skilled workers needed by growing American businesses and new legal protections to individuals in the immigration process.

I am particularly proud that the measure contains amendments that I offered to make the system even fairer and stronger. I look forward to continuing to work for improvements in the bill through additional amendments when it reaches the Senate floor, collaborating with colleagues on both sides of the aisle."