Both bills were supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unfortunately, neither has moved forward in the Senate.
As Catholics, we are committed to upholding the God-given dignity of every person. Congress now has an opportunity to address immigration in a positive, productive, and forward-looking way. Last week, the Senate adopted a budget resolution that paves the way for a reconciliation bill. The resolution includes instructions for the Committee on the Judiciary to draft language providing “lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants.” Reconciliation only requires a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate, assuming certain other conditions are met. With the budget resolution adopted in the Senate—which the House will also have to adopt in the coming weeks—Senate committees can now begin drafting the text of the budget reconciliation bill itself.
Bipartisan passage of these pieces of legislation in the Senate would be preferable. However, since the Senate has not been able to move those bills forward as standalone measures, it should include them in the budget reconciliation bill.
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We need your help to move forward with positive immigration reform. Please, contact your senators and representative to urge them to support this important legislation.