This afternoon, the Senate parliamentarian will hear arguments from  Democratic and Republican Senate staffers on the immigration provisions in the budget agreement. Yet many politicians and Beltway pundits predict that the immigration provisions will not make it into the final package. Below are reasons why we are confident that this is the year Congress will,… Continue »

Washington, DC – News broke yesterday that the Senate parliamentarian will hear arguments this Friday on the immigration provisions in the budget agreement. In advance, leading economists and experts are making it clear that the immigration provisions provide a direct economic impact; would offer a fiscal and economic boon; and highlighting why reconciliation is an… Continue »

Democrats, recognizing the urgency of the moment, prepare to blow past bad-faith Republicans to deliver citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers   The momentum is building. Vice-President Kamala Harris meets today with directly-impacted immigrants and leading immigrant advocates in the White House. Yesterday, in a CNN town hall, President Biden… Continue »

Data demolishes age-old nativist tropes about immigrants being a drag on the economy and tells us what everyone familiar with immigrant communities already knows: bringing more immigrants out of the shadows would be a significant boost to the American economy. The budget reconciliation package being considered by the House addresses a number of overdue changes… Continue »

Yesterday, Senate Democrats announced a $3.5 trillion budget as part of the Build Back Better agenda. Democrats have included a path to citizenship, along with jobs, care and climate, in a reconciliation package that can be enacted by simple majorities in the House and the Senate.  To read our statement on the matter, click here. … Continue »

Washington, DC – Momentum is building for an immigration breakthrough this year. Leading Democrats – from across the party – are publicly supporting the inclusion of pathways to citizenship in the budget agreement and its chances of success this year. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: During a Q&A during yesterday’s press briefing (see video… Continue »

Reconciling is in style. In Congress, budget reconciliation is at the center of the debate, as a mechanism to advance legislation through a simple majority, rather than with the sixty votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the face of zero Republican collaboration. And, there is a real effort to attach legalization measures for undocumented… Continue »

Reconciling is in style. In Congress, budget reconciliation is at the center of the debate, as a mechanism to advance legislation through a simple majority, rather than with the sixty votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the face of zero Republican collaboration. And, there is a real effort to attach legalization measures for undocumented… Continue »

Conciliar está de moda. En el Congreso, la conciliación presupuestaria está al centro del debate como mecanismo para poder avanzar legislación por mayoría simple y no con los 60 votos requeridos para superar bloqueos en el Senado ante la nula colaboración republicana. Y hay un esfuerzo real para agregar medidas de legalización de indocumentados al… Continue »

A recording of the call can be found here. Washington, DC – On a press call today, California Senator Alex Padilla joined immigration policy experts to discuss the importance of including citizenship proposals – for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers – in the soon-to-be-released Senate budget resolution with reconciliation instructions for… Continue »