The Latino Coalition Praises Senate For Historic Passage Of The S. 744 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Urges House of Representatives to Act Promptly and with Bipartisanship

Jun 28, 2013, 09:00 ET from The Latino Coalition

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Coalition, a leading advocate for Latino-owned, small and medium-sized businesses, issued the following statement regarding the Senate's 68-32 vote on S. 744 "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013":

"After much discussion about our broken immigration system, today, we are one step closer to meaningful immigration reform, securing our border, growing our economy and reaffirming our commitment to building an innovative workforce for the future," said Hector Barreto, TLC's Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006).

"The Gang of Eight has shown determination and leadership on an issue that will expand the flexibility of the nation's labor force and economic growth.  However, significant work remains as the House of Representatives takes up this issue.  Now is the time to come together, rise above partisanship and send forward a comprehensive immigration reform bill for the President's approval," Barreto added.

ABOUT THE LATINO COALITION- The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos.  TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico.  Established to address policy issues that directly affect the well being of Hispanics in the United States, TLC's agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development for Latinos.  Visit

SOURCE The Latino Coalition