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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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The time is now to modernize our broken immigration system

The time is now to modernize our broken immigration system

It’s hard to imagine a better time than right now to pass comprehensive immigration reform to Washington. The “Gang of Eight” bill, a bipartisan effort led by four Republicans and four Democrats in the US Senate, has the overwhelming support of Louisianans according to a poll just released by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Alliance for Citizenship, and Republicans for Immigration Reform.

Specifically, 70% of Louisianans polled said they strongly or somewhat support the bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington. Moreover, 80% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support a bill that includes a tough but fair path to citizenship and 63% say they are more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

Those numbers clearly show a distinct advantage to our US Senators if they support the proposed legislation.

Time is of the essence. If our elected leaders are going to move this country forward by modernizing our broken immigration system, they must do it now – and there is strong support in our state for this.

An overwhelming 86% of the likely voters surveyed in the poll believe it is important to pass this legislation this year.

I encourage Senators Landrieu and Vitter to do everything they can to help pass this bill as soon as possible.

Jimmy Burland

Baton Rouge