ABQ Journal: Senate approves immigration bill

In a written statement, President Barack Obama coupled praise for the Senate’s action with a plea for resolve by supporters as the House works on the issue. “Now is the time when opponents will try their hardest to pull this bipartisan effort apart so they can stop common-sense reform from becoming a reality. We cannot let that happen,” said the president, who was traveling in Africa.

New Mexico’s U.S. senators celebrated passage of the bill in statements provided to the Journal . Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said the bill has room for improvement but is a step forward for U.S. immigration policy.

“This bill secures our borders, strengthens families and supports our economy,” Udall said. “It isn’t perfect. I offered amendments to improve oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, fight violent crime and drug trafficking on the border and expand economic development opportunities at our ports of entry. I’m disappointed they were not included. But this is a good bill. And it speaks to the best of our traditions and values.”

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