LULAC Commends Senate Judiciary Committee for Advancing Bipartisan Immigration Reform, Senate Bill 744

May 22, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org

Margaret Moran, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, issued the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13 to 5 vote to move the immigration reform bill to the Senate floor

Washington, D.C. - “The civil rights community has worked tirelessly to advance immigration reform and with yesterday’s bipartisan 13-5 vote we are now one step closer to ensuring that the 11 million hard working Americans currently living in the United States have an opportunity to become citizens and realize the American Dream.

“The bill that was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday was not a perfect bill, but importantly it includes the core elements of immigration reform that we fought for. As a result, we continue to support Senate Bill 744 as it advances to the full Senate for consideration.

"After weeks of debate, we applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee’s efforts. We know that getting to this point was not easy and the journey is nowhere near over. The passage of this bill is critical in many respects including providing not only individuals but also our country with the opportunity for economic and social growth. We look forward to continuing to fight for the bill as it advances to the full Senate and hopefully to the House of Representatives for consideration.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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