Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), a long-time supporter of reform, calls the proposal is “a positive first step,” but adds that “the true test of our congressional leadership will be to pass a comprehensive bill. With bipartisan support building in both houses of Congress and a President who is eager to solve this issue, there’s no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.”

Framing it as a vital factor for the country’s economy, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), another long time supporter of the measure, said he’s “the most optimistic I’ve been in quite some time” about it finally becoming a reality.

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