Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the markup of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill, S.744. We expect the amendments to be filed on Tuesday (May 7th) and then the committee will begin to consider the amendments on Thursday (May 9th) with additional markups on May 14th, 16th, and 20th-24th. We will need all hands on deck to urge legislators to either support or oppose amendments. Make sure that you are on the We Were Strangers, Too listserv to ensure that you will receive action alerts when we need you to weigh in with your legislators.
This bill includes significant, much-needed reforms to protections for refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other vulnerable migrants. This is a major opportunity to see these reforms enacted into law – and we need to ensure that our elected officials will defend them! We are circulating several state-specific letters of support for these provisions, and we are seeking sign-ons from faith-based, humanitarian, and human rights organizations and leaders. It’s a quick turn-around – the deadline for all letters is Tuesday, May 7th at 5pm EST. Please sign on as an individual or organization (if applicable), and help us widely circulate the following letters:
Also, please join HIAS and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) this Monday, May 6th at 4pm EST for a national interfaith call/webinar to learn about the process for advancing the bill and how you we can ensure that a just and fair bill heads to the Senate floor. In particular, we will discuss potential amendments related to border security, enforcement mechanisms, family immigration, refugees and asylees, and root causes of migration. Click here to RSVP and learn more - and please share this information with your networks.