Immigration Reform Bill Passes the Senate!

Earlier today, the Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill, S. 744. The bill passed with a sweeping 68-32 vote! Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the RAC, issued the following statement in response to the vote:

“Today’s passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the United States Senate is an historic step on our journey toward justice for all aspiring Americans.

We recognize that the bill passed today is not a perfect one. The path to citizenship is too long, and does not allow immigrants to access crucial social services. The family reunification provisions do not extend to siblings and adult married children. Yet today’s bill is also a cause for celebration, significantly improving many of the failings of our current, broken immigration system. The bill contains priorities the Reform Jewish Movement has long championed, including a pathway to citizenship, legal avenues for future flow of immigrants, enhanced ways for families to be reunited, and important protections for workers.

Immigration reform is a deeply personal issue for the Jewish community. From our biblical narrative of being ‘strangers in a strange land’ (Exodus 2:22) to our historical experience as immigrants in this country and others throughout history, we know the tangible effects that immigration policies have on the lives of men, women, and children. In particular, Reform rabbis from coast to coast have made immigration reform a priority, mobilizing their congregants and others in communities. They have advocated for a just bill in Washington, D.C. and in their Senators’ district offices. Today, these efforts have born sweet fruit.

With today’s Senate passage, our attention now turns to the House and ensuring that America’s promise of ‘liberty and justice for all’ is fully realized. As we rejoice in today’s victory, we call upon the House of Representatives to swiftly adopt legislation that contains these key protections of our country’s vulnerable populations, and that ensures America’s security and prosperity for future generations.”

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook Email

About Sarah Krinsky

Sarah Krinsky is an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. She is from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from Yale University in May 2012.


  1. Protecting Refugees: Renewing the Lautenberg Amendment | Fresh Updates from RAC - January 17, 2014

    […] in 1990, the bill has been renewed annually as a part of appropriations legislation. However the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in June and is now stalled in the House, would enact these provisions into permanent law and remove […]

  2. Immigration Reform Moves Forward | Fresh Updates from RAC - October 4, 2013

    […] Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R.15). Mostly based on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that passed in June, the provisions of the bill have previously attracted significant bipartisan support. The bill […]

  3. Tisha B’Av and Immigration | Fresh Updates from RAC - July 16, 2013

    […] June 27th with a 68-32 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill. Now all eyes turn to the U.S.House of […]

Leave a Reply