February 25, 2015

VIDEO: HIRONO: HOUSE & SENATE NEED TO SEND THE PRESIDENT A CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL, THEN DEBATE IMMIGRATION REFORM

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Jose Diaz-Balart on MSNBC’s The Rundown to highlight her own immigration story and stress the importance of comprehensive immigration reform:

“As an immigrant myself, my mother brought me to this country, escaping a terribly abusive marriage in Japan and she had a vision for a better future for her children and that is something that so many immigrants, millions of immigrants who came to this country and who are here now hope for also.  So what I would like to see is comprehensive immigration reform, much like we passed in the Senate months and months ago.”

Senator Hirono also continued to urge the House and Senate to come together to pass a clean appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security before funding runs out at the end of this week:

“We need to have both the House and the Senate vote on a clean bill. Because for the Senate to send a clean bill, and the House is just going to put back the kind of amendments that brought us to this particular situation, is not going to advance the dialogue. So, what we need to send, both the House and the Senate, is a clean bill for the President to sign. And then we need to debate and pass comprehensive immigration reform that we have been calling on the House to do for over a year. It is really the ball being in Speaker Boehner’s court right now.”

Watch the full interview here