President Obamas commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform is strong and I believe we are already making significant headway. We are exploring the fundamental building blocks for a strong, fair, and bipartisan proposal and will pursue it with all deliberate speed, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
Speaking at the same event, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she is open to ideas about how to incorporate immigration reforms into homeland security policies.
We have to come down to one basic principle, Napolitano said. Everybody ... has to agree and believe that we begin with immigration with the concept that it is an embodiment of the rule of law and that the rule of law will be fully and fairly and effectively applied across the spectrum.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.