Immigration reform passes key congressional committee

by | Sep 14, 2021 | Immigration, Policy

For the first time in decades, it appears Congress is on the precipice of passing comprehensive immigration reform. The move would open a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.

On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee passed a portion of the budget reconciliation bill, also known as the Build Back Better Act, which includes provisions related to immigration reform.

According to Center for American Progress, the immigration provisions in the reconciliation bill would allow 6.9 million undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship. The bill could also create over 400,000 new jobs and potentially grow the country’s gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion.  

In a press conference about the committee’s approval of immigration reform in the reconciliation bill, Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Rep. Zoe Lofgren spoke about the economic boon that would happen if this package becomes law. “This package will provide a real shot in the arm for our economy,” said Lofgren.

Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso, who is also on the Judiciary Committee, spoke about the potential of passing immigration reform. “We are providing permanent residence for America’s Dreamers, temporary protected status holders, and essential workers and giving them a pathway to citizenship and what that would do for our country is [open] up our economy.”  

There are some additional hurdles before the budget reconciliation bill can come up for a vote in the Senate. Chiefly, the Senate parliamentarian needs to rule that the immigration language can be included in the bill. She recently asked for some additional information ahead of her judgment. At the press conference, Lofgren said she is hopeful that the Senate parliamentarian will allow the immigration provisions to be included in the budget reconciliation bill.

Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images

+ posts

A longtime writer and journalist, Jessica was thrilled to join the Texas Signal where she could utilize her unique perspective on politics and culture. As the Features and Opinion Editor, she is responsible for coordinating editorials and segments from diverse authors. She is also the host of the podcast the Tex Mix, as well as the co-host for the weekly SignalCast. Jessica attended Harvard College, is a onetime fitness blogger, and has now transitioned to recreational runner (for which her joints are thankful).

Are you tired of Texas Republicans pushing big lies and trying to steal your vote? So are we, that’s why we’re fighting back against the right-wing lie machine. Our commitment to ethical, fact-based journalism is vital to our democracy, and we can’t do it without you. Consider donating today to help us stay in this fight.

Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declares War on Environment

Supreme Court Declares War on Environment

To cap off what is possibly the most right-wing judicial term in over a century, the highest court in the land has dealt yet another massive blow to the progression of common-sense liberal governance. In today’s ruling in the case West Virginia v. EPA, Chief Justice...

Liberal Justices Protect Texas Veterans From Right-Wing

Liberal Justices Protect Texas Veterans From Right-Wing

In a rare good ruling from the nation’s highest judicial body, the Supreme Court issued a June 29 ruling in the case of Torres v. Texas that protects veterans from discrimination by state governments and retains legal liability for those same administrations. Military...

Op-ed: Abortion is Inextricable From Voting Rights

Op-ed: Abortion is Inextricable From Voting Rights

From the moment I saw that positive pregnancy test, I knew that I didn’t want to be pregnant. I was a senior in a typical Texas high school, working a part time job at my local McDonalds, who, up to that point, was told how to act, think and believe. But at that...