Last week, I joined seven of my Senate colleagues in announcing a set of bipartisan principles to fix our broken immigration system.
Working together with Senators Schumer, Durbin, Mendendez, Rubio, McCain, Graham and Flake, we agreed on a framework that creates a rigorous but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are currently in the United States, underlines the need to take more effective measures to secure the border, establishes an employment verification system, and calls for modernizing and streamlining our visa process.
Now, as we begin to mold legislation from these broader principles, I'd like to invite you to be part the ongoing discussion around immigration reform. Join my grassroots organizing team so you can send me feedback as we write the bill, be among the first to receive information and updates about progress, or just click one button to show your support.
As I've traveled my home state of Colorado, I've met with farmers who lay awake at night worrying whether they will have enough workers to harvest their crops. I've had high-tech companies tell me they struggle to recruit the world's most highly skilled graduates because of an outdated visa system. I've seen families torn apart and opportunities disappear for students with great potential because of an inflexible system that isn't aligned with our values.
Their messages were always the same: Our immigration system is failing us and Washington needs to act.
For nearly two years, I've worked with former Senator Hank Brown (R-CO) to prove that, on the state level, we could forge a path on immigration away from the extreme rhetoric that has engulfed the national conversation and send a message to Washington that now is the time to act.
After hundreds of meetings, conversations and miles traveled, we launched the Colorado Compact, a set of six principles on immigration reform that attracted support from a broad and bipartisan coalition of people dedicated to reforming an outdated and inflexible immigration policy.
And with the help of people like you, we brought that bit of commonsense and grit to Washington.
There undoubtedly will be some tough conversations and disagreements ahead, but if we keep the pressure on, we will fix our immigration system and ensure that it's in better alignment with the needs of our economy, families, and communities.
We've taken a major step forward but we have a lot of more to do and your feedback will be an invaluable part of our efforts .