Senate Moves to Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

ImageThis morning, President Obama spoke from the White House about the importance of passing immigration reform, and this afternoon the Senate passed a motion to proceed with consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This marks an important next step in fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. We can now expect to see a slew of amendments offered from both sides of the aisle, with the goal of final passage before the July 4th congressional recess.

We have already seen an effort – with Senator Grassley’s Amendment #1195 – to delay access to the path to citizenship that is central to the compromise of this bill. By not allowing Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPIs) to register until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies to Congress that she has maintained “effective control” over the entire southern border for six months, this amendment could significantly delay even the initial registration process for the 11 million undocumented individuals in the US. Take a moment to call your Senators (Capitol Switchboard: 866-834-8040) – tell them that you think the pathway to citizenship in S. 744 is already tough, and this amendment undermines the hard-fought bipartisan agreement. This amendment is currently pending, so your Senators need to hear from you.

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