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No More Delay: Positive Immigration Reform Needed Today
October 6, 2021 - November 30, 2021
American Catholics have been working toward immigration reform for decades, and it’s long overdue. The 117th 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. This was the same mechanism used to pass the American Rescue Plan in March. 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.