Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Senator Reed believes we must have smart, fair, workable immigration policies that welcome those who embrace America’s ideals and values.
Immigration reform is also critical to our national security, and Senator Reed supports legislation to reduce illegal immigration, secure our borders, deter employers from hiring those who come here illegally, and offer immigrants a path to legal status if they meet very tough but fair requirements. People wishing to become American citizens must play by the rules, pay fines, pass a background check, and learn to speak English.
Senator Reed has supported several recent efforts to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- Reed voted for the most recent bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and continues to support a practical and enforceable reworking of our immigration laws.
- Reed has supported President Obama’s efforts to strengthen America’s economic competiveness by supporting a 21st Century legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs.
- Reed is a staunch supporter of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would give bright, law-abiding, hardworking immigrant students who serve in the military or attend college an opportunity to earn legal status.
- Reed is also the author of the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (S. 656), a bill to grant permanent residency to Liberians who have lived legally in the United States since 1991. These hard working people left their nation years ago to escape danger and economic strife. They are making important economic and civic contributions to our communities and should have the option of applying for permanent residency here in their adopted home.
New Effort to Boost Jobs in RI through Foreign Investment: Reed, Taveras, Pathway Capital Partners announce first RI-based EB-5 Regional Center
PROVIDENCE, RI - In an effort to spur job creation and boost economic development in Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, and officials from Pathway Capital Partners, today gathered at Pathway’s Providence headquarters to announce a new EB-5 Regional Center aim...Posted on 11/18/2013 |
oday, after the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: “Today’s bipartisan vote on comprehensive immigration reform is a historic and long-overdue step forward, but there is sti...Posted on 6/27/2013 |
Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise to add my support to S. 744, the comprehensive immigration bill we have been debating over the past week. I first wish to thank the eight Senators who came together to draft this bipartisan bill. They have done an extraordi...Posted on 6/18/2013 |
Today, after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators released the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: “The time for immigration reform is now. Our immigration system...Posted on 4/17/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today applauded President Obama's decision to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for qualified people from Liberia through September 30, 2014. This will allow Liberians who fled their country’s bloody civil war many years ago and have been l...Posted on 3/15/2013 |
With less than 20 days remaining before Liberian refugees living legally in the United States face deportation, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) are calling on the Obama Administration to lift the March 31st deadline and reintroducing the Li...Posted on 3/12/2013 |
In an effort to help Rhode Island families impacted by a new Russian law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today met with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak and urged Russia to reverse this law. Reed also requested th...Posted on 1/30/2013 |