Today, President Biden announced the Build Back Better framework. In it, this Administration makes it clear that immigration will be included in reconciliation:
In addition, the framework includes a $100 billion investment to reform our broken immigration system, consistent with the Senate’s reconciliation rules, as well as reducing backlogs, expanding legal representation, and making the asylum system and border processing more efficient and humane.
This is huge news for immigration advocates that have organized, protested, and demanded that the Biden Administration finally deliver on their promises. It has been 35 years since major immigration legislation, and now Democrats must do their part to deliver for America.
This is how the internet reacted:
Immigration advocacy organizations commended this development and are ready to fight for next steps.
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨 Immigration reform is included in the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better framework.
— America's Voice (@AmericasVoice) October 28, 2021
Good Morning White House & Democrats! Build Back Better must include green cards regardless of the parliamentarian’s advice. Let’s get it done this year. Green cards and nothing less! #YEStoImmigrantsForward #YEStoCitizenship pic.twitter.com/FWV60wPJo8
— CHIRLA (@CHIRLA) October 28, 2021
— FWD.us (@FWDus) October 28, 2021
— New York Immigration Coalition (@thenyic) October 28, 2021
‘Going fwd, we will never deviate from our goal of #ResidencyNOW. Equal rights are long overdue . . . However we will not allow our work, our dreams, & our desperation to be used as an obstacle to block progress for other immigrants & refugees.’https://t.co/J3PHA2OqCU
— Nat’l TPS Alliance (@TPS_Alliance) October 28, 2021
Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice made it clear that immigration is still on the table, despite what certain media outlets irresponsibly reporting on the issue:
Yesterday, Politico reported that immigration was in serious trouble. We pushed back saying that's inaccurate. This morning House announces immigration is in the reconciliation package. Looking forward to a Politico piece today saying "we were wrong." https://t.co/I4ree2Fqsj https://t.co/1jL2rp5TAr
— Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) October 28, 2021
Overall, the news of immigration reform in the reconciliation package was met with positivity:
I am sobbing at my desk because of what a huge amount of dreams, ideas and plain old fashioned hard work from SO MANY people got us to this moment. Now we have to fight like hell to pass this bill and keep every single thing in it, funded at the highest levels we can.
— Jess Morales Rocketto (@JessLivMo) October 28, 2021
— FIRM Action (@FIRM_Action) October 28, 2021
🚨HUGE ➡️ the #BuildBackBetter framework will invest $100 billion in immigration reform to reduce backlogs, expand legal representation, as well as make asylum system & border processing more efficient and humane.
This is the year! https://t.co/rb7C9WJzsP
— Mayra Macías (@lachicamayra) October 28, 2021
This moment would not be possible without the immigrants and advocates that have fought tirelessly for years!
Let’s be clear: the vision reflected in this framework exists only because of the work of people of color and working families, who have been fighting for our priorities since day one.
— Lorella Praeli (@lorellapraeli) October 28, 2021
"[This #BuildBackBetter framework] is the economic support Latinos have been waiting on, and the immigration reform that will allow millions a reprieve from living in fear of deportation…
We must pass this bill and deliver on these promises.”
—Voto Latino CEO @MariaTeresa
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) October 28, 2021