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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2013

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Adela de la Torre, 213-400-7822, delatorre@nilc.org

Denham Support Brings More Momentum for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) has announced that he will cosponsor H.R. 15, the recently introduced commonsense immigration reform proposal in the House of Representatives. Denham is the first Republican to support the measure, which is based upon the bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May and the border security bill that was unanimously approved by the House Homeland Security Committee earlier this year. Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center:

"We applaud Rep. Denham for doing what's best for his district, California, and our country by supporting H.R. 15. Immigration may, at the moment, be painted as partisan, but for decades, members of both parties have led the fight for an immigration system that meets our economic and societal needs.

"As Rep. Denham has shown, actions speak louder than words. The more than two dozen other members of his party who have expressed support for immigration reform can and should follow in Denham's lead. Furthermore, House leaders should recognize that Denham's stance isn't just a matter of sound public policy — it's also good politics. We urge House leaders to move away from the anti-immigrant, divisive politics of the recent past and join Denham in doing what the American people elect members of Congress to do: legislate effectively."

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