Sen. Al Franken Touts Senate Passed Immigration Reform Bill

By KBJR News 1

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- U.S. Senator Al Franken made a stop in Duluth on Tuesday to cover a range of issues from immigration reform to flood recovery.

Franken, a strong supporter of the Immigration Reform bill that cleared the U.S. Senate last week, said the bill would provide a pathway for illegal immigrants to become American citizens through a streamlined process.

The senator said the reform bill is a step in the right direction for the regional economy of northern Minnesota for farms and businesses that frequently use immigrant labor.

"This is going to create a fair but very tough path for people to come out of the shadows, this is going to be good for our economy our systems been hurting our economy, Minnesota agriculture will be helped, especially dairy farmers."

It's estimated that 85 thousand people, living in Minnesota, would benefit if the reform bill becomes law.