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Heinrich, Udall responds to immigration reform proposal

Heinrich immigration statementSen. Martin Heinrich released a video statement after the introduction of an immigration reform package from a group of eight U.S. Senators, known as the “Gang of Eight.”

Heinrich said that he looks forward to reviewing the full legislation that was introduced yesterday and revealed in a press conference today.

“I applaud my colleagues in the Senate who worked together to address this critical issue,” Heinrich said in his video statement. “Successful reform should include a visa system that meets the needs of our economy, a plan that ensures security along our borders and a tough but fair path to earned citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented individuals in our country.”

Udall, meanwhile, weighed in with a more traditional press release.

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to pass a long-term, comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system,” Udall said. “I am very encouraged by the ‘Gang of Eight’s’ proposal to secure our borders, bring undocumented individuals from the shadows and enhance our visa and employment verification systems. The law on the books today does not work and a piecemeal approach to reform will not result in the overhaul we need. There is much work ahead, but now is the time to work together to take meaningful action. America loses if we do nothing.”

Immigration reform has been a hot-button issue for years — and it has been a priority for not only President Barack Obama, but President George W. Bush when he was in office.

The full video is available below.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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