Statement on Immigration Reform and Network Blackout

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s proposal to protect millions of immigrants in the United States. He also commented on the refusal of major television networks to broadcast the president’s prime-time speech:

“I’m a strong supporter of immigration reform and of the need to provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. I support President Obama’s action to help working families stay together. I think everyone agrees that the current immigration system is broken. The Senate passed an immigration reform bill more than a year ago but House Republicans refused to even consider it. They have left the president with little choice but to act on his own.

“It is incomprehensible that the major television networks have said they will not broadcast the president’s speech tonight. People can be for immigration reform or against it, but clearly we need an intelligent, informed debate. Unless the networks change their plans, they will be doing a disservice to the American people and failing in their obligation to serve the public good.”