Former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Sen. Dick Durbin announced the formation of a new immigration reform organization called Our Nation’s Future.
At a press conference earlier this week, Gutierrez and Durbin explained how they believe the organization's mission to modernize the immigration system can help grow the American economy.
“Our economic success depends on an immigration system as dependable as the immigrants are. Today, 9.2 million green card holders are eligible to become U.S. citizens,” Gutierrez said. “During the next four years, our goal is to help one million green card holders to become citizens of the United States of America.”
Durbin said he believes bipartisan support is achievable for this effort.
“In America, the overwhelming growth population is Hispanic, and even a conservative Republican can count. And if they can count they know in future elections, their fate may be decided by those same Hispanic Americans,” Durbin said. “So I think many of them are coming around to the belief that they don’t want to be seen as an enemy, they want to be seen as an ally and they are stepping up to join us in this effort.”