WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement regarding several immigration votes in the Senate today:

“I voted to move forward with debating this legislation because immigration reform is an important problem we need to address, but that does not change the fact that I still have very serious concerns about the underlying Senate bill.

“I believe there are ways to improve the base bill, with an eye toward meeting three important goals: first securing our borders, then fulfilling our legitimate workforce needs, and determining how we deal with people who come to the country illegally or overstay. I plan to co-sponsor several amendments during this debate that would help meet these goals. However, I will not vote for final passage of any immigration legislation that fails to meet these critical objectives.”

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