Philadelphia, June 28, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement in support of the U.S. Senate’s passage of comprehensive immigration reform:
“For years, the American people have called out for commonsense reform to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a landmark bill that begins addressing critical shortfalls within the system, including a pathway to earned citizenship for millions of hard working people.
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, is a welcoming city, home to a nearly 12% immigrant population. We are focused on attracting and retaining immigrants by implementing initiatives and programs, like the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, that support integration into our communities and economy.
As President Barack Obama said, this bill is a compromise but it remains true to the key reform principles supported by a majority of American citizens. I want to thank President Obama for his leadership, Senator Bob Casey for his vote in support of this bill and the other Senators whose bipartisan efforts led to its passage. I also want to encourage the Pennsylvania House Delegation to do the right thing and vote for comprehensive immigration reform.”