Immigration Reform Introduced in the Senate
At long last, it’s finally here. The comprehensive immigration reform bill that we’ve written about and waited for has finally been introduced! S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 was introduced this morning into the U.S. Senate.
In response to the legislation, RAC Deputy Director Rachel Laser writes,
“We are encouraged by many of the key provisions in the Senate bill released this morning. A path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants here today, a renewed commitment to clearing systemic backlogs, a plan for processing future flow of immigrants, and a reasonable approach to enforcement are all cornerstones of the Reform Movement’s immigration priorities, and we are pleased to see such policies reflected in today’s legislation.”
However, she continues to note that the bill is not perfect –
“We understand the nature of compromise and balance, and as such celebrate this bipartisan bill. At the same time, we know we can do better, and call upon our elected representatives to continue to strengthen this bill and to work to ensure justice for our nation’s immigrants. That includes justice for all family members, including brothers, sisters, and spouses, of all genders; justice for those who must wait too long to become citizens; and justice for contributing members of our economy and society who are denied basic rights and benefits.”
To read the rest of the RAC’s press release, click here. And remember to keep writing to your members of Congress to tell them what priorities YOU have for comprehensive immigration reform legislation!