Friends, we raise our thanksgiving to our God for the passing of the bipartisan Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill, S.744 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This is a huge step towards an immigration reform that keeps families together and offers a roadmap to earned citizenship. This is a vital step to our congregations and communities.
The committee’s 13-5 vote, which followed three weeks of mark-up and the approval of more than 100 of some 300 amendments, means that S.744 (The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act) will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
A number of amendments to S.744 that were adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee will improve the treatment of unaccompanied children, strengthen protections for those detained for immigration purposes, and offer more fair and efficient processes for refugees and asylum seekers.
We look forward for the next steps, and we invite you keep our legislators in your thoughts and prayers.