Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs:
"For far too long Congress has shown it is unwilling to address our broken immigration system, which is why President Obama took the action he did today. More than 18 months ago Arizona's own U.S. senators saw their bipartisan immigration bill pass the Senate only to sit in the House without action. The American people are beyond frustrated that Congress has refused to do their job," said Senator Hobbs.
"This executive action will help keep families together and allow those living in the shadows to come forward, register with the government and become taxpaying members of our communities. No longer will children who are U.S. citizens have to worry that their hard-working parents could be taken away from them. If you have deep ties here and want to contribute to the economic success of our state, you no longer have to hide.
"Executive action should not replace legislation. It is legal, but it certainly isn't preferable. This is an important step toward finally realizing true comprehensive immigration reform, but Congress needs to finish the job."
Senate Democratic Whip Martin J. Quezada:
"By forcing hard-working undocumented immigrants to live in the shadows, our nation and our state have been losing out on billions of dollars in economic benefit," said Senator-elect Quezada.
"When undocumented workers become documented, they are no longer prey for employers who undercut wages and working conditions. If they earn more and pay more taxes, they create greater demand for goods and services as well as potentially higher profits for businesses. The economic benefits of today's executive action cannot be understated, yet those benefits would be much greater with true legislative reform by Congress."