Sen. Charles Schumer joined forces Friday with Cardinal Timothy Dolan to urge the passage of national immigration reform.
Politicians joined business and labor leaders on the anniversary of the Senate's passage of its version of a reform bill.
Schumer said it's time for the House of Representatives to finally pass its version.
He said immigration is an especially important issue in New York.
"For centuries, people from around the globe have come to this great capital city of the world, and in one generation, their children are turned into Americans by New York, and they sally forth throughout the rest of the country and do great things," Schumer said.
"Darn it, it's good for America," Dolan said. "It's not to America's disadvantage, it's to America's advantage, economically, strength in the world, our prestige throughout the world when we continue to welcome the immigrant."
Schumer said the reforms would bring GDP growth, cuts in the deficit and an influx of high-tech workers to America.