The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the Build Back Better Act, a budget reconciliation bill. Earlier today, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, joined his brother bishops in a letter to all members of Congress, urging them to “advance legislation that would promote the full integration of undocumented persons already living as Americans in principle by affording them legalization with a pathway to citizenship.” The bishops also “affirm[ed] the value of enacting temporary protections, with the expectation that Congress will work expeditiously to enact permanent relief in subsequent legislation.”
The House is at a crossroads. While the budget resolution paving the way for the reconciliation bill included substantial funding for immigration reform, it’s possible that much needed relief for undocumented persons will be left out.
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Urge members of Congress to support legislative relief for our undocumented brothers and sisters in the Build Back Better Act:
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Keep Immigration Reform Alive: Support Relief for the Undocumented in the Build Back Better Act
As a Catholic and your constituent, I urge you to follow through on the budget resolution adopted by the House and Senate in August by including relief for undocumented immigrants in the Build Back Better Act.
Disagreements about specific aspects of immigration policy should not stand in the way of relief for those already living as Americans in principle, if not on paper. Legalization with a pathway to citizenship is a crucial component of any immigration reform. However, even temporary relief for undocumented persons is a welcome first step, with the expectation that Congress will work expeditiously to enact permanent relief in subsequent legislation.
I echo the words of Pope Francis when he addressed a joint meeting of Congress in 2015: “A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to ‘dream’ of full rights for all their brothers and sisters.”
Please work together to fulfill these ideals and promote the full integration of our undocumented brothers and sisters.