November 20, 2014

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement following the President’s announcement that he will take executive action on immigration:

“Our immigration system is broken and needs a comprehensive, permanent fix. The reform bill we passed in the Senate more than 18 months ago with strong bipartisan support was the best way to address this problem. It invested in border security, reformed our visa programs and provided a tough, practical plan to deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants who are already here in the United States.

“It’s unfortunate that the House has refused to act on this bipartisan, comprehensive bill. If it were brought to the floor, I believe it would have the votes to pass. The House leadership should reconsider their opposition to this commonsense legislation while there is still time to pass this bill this year. Immigration reform is a national challenge that requires a long-term, comprehensive resolution by Congress.”