An Important Step Forward: On Tuesday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to allow S-744, the bipartisan Senate Immigration Bill, to pass from the Senate Judiciary Committee for discussion by the whole Senate floor. Republican Senators Graham (SC), Flake (AZ), and Hatch (UT) joined with all committee Democratic Senators to support moving the bill forward, while Senators Grassley (IA), Sessions (AL), Cornyn (TX), Lee (UT), and Cruz (TX) voted against the bill.
On Tuesday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to allow S-744, the bipartisan Senate Immigration Bill, to pass from the Senate Judiciary Committee for discussion by the whole Senate floor. Republican Senators Graham (SC), Flake (AZ), and Hatch (UT) joined with all committee Democratic Senators to support moving the bill forward, while Senators Grassley (IA), Sessions (AL), Cornyn (TX), Lee (UT), and Cruz (TX) voted against the bill.
Rev. Linda McCrae, pastor of Central Christian Church in Indianapolis, answered the call to serve as Moderator of “The People’s Hearing” for Immigration Reform, held in the Hart Senate Office building on Tuesday, May 21st, and sponsored by the PICO (People Improving Communities Through Organizing) network. Read more of her comments in this PICO press release:
Si usted es uno de los 11 milliones de personas que esperan ser elegible para la legalización si hay una reforma migratoria este año, hay cosas que puede hacer para protegerse y prepararse AHORA.
PICO National Network survey of families with undocumented family members reveals need to reduce costs to make Senate bill workable
WASHINGTON — As the Senate Judiciary Committee continues working through amendments on proposed immigration legislation this week, a new membership survey of families who have undocumented family members reveals that high costs from fines and fees are likely to be the greatest barrier to legalization in the Senate proposal, followed by the challenge of providing documentation of employment. See the full survey.
Washington, DC – As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins the markup of the Immigrant Visa Title II section of the bipartisan immigration bill, prominent clergy leaders are lifting up their prophetic voices and strongly supporting amendments that would strengthen family unity. The faith community remains committed to pro-family immigration reform that unites immigrant families, and is supporting amendments offered by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) that would restore the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their siblings and married children over 30, and allow individuals with registered provisional immigrant status to sponsor their immediate family members outside of the United States. Read more from Faith in Public Life and Church World Service.
Disciples and our ecumenical partners continue to celebrate the bi-partisan legislation for immigration reform introduced in Senate bill S-744 by the “Gang of 8” senators (Republicans Rubio, Flake, McCain, and Graham and Democrats Durbin, Menendez, Schumer, and Bennet) several weeks ago. Since the bill’s introduction, Disciples’ RIM staff continue to work in partnership with faith colleagues at Church World Service and across many denominations to strengthen the bill, and to identify and support amendments which: protect refugees, asylees, children, and vulnerable populations; promote a pathway towards citizenship and social services; support family unity and diversity visa provisions; and ensure due process, humane enforcement, and support for border communities.
Senate “Mark Up” of the S-744 immigration reform bill continues TODAY, on May 16th, possibly on the 17th, and likely through next week. To listen to a LIVE broadcast of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s discussion of amendments to the S744 immigration reform bill. Tuesday’s, May 14th, discussions will focus on TITLE IV amendments related to VISAs and employment topics. To locate a list of ALL amendments grouped by the senator who introduced them and also by title area in the bill.
UCC Pastor Noel Anderson of Church World Service’s Refugee and Immigration programs joins with Disciples Home Missions Refugee and Immigration Ministries Director Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea in front of the White House for a Mother’s Day vigil in support of parents and children who have been separated due to detention and deportation. Rev. Stanley-Rea led in opening prayer, followed by stories of family members suffering from separation this Mother’s Day. See the full article here.
If you are one of the approximately 11 million individuals hoping to be eligible for legalization if immigration reform passes this year, there are some things you can do NOW to protect yourself and get ready. Read more.
You are invited to join the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries in offering special prayers of intercession on Sunday, May 5. This is part of a joint effort along with the United Church of Christ. We urge congregations to lift up immigrants on this day: to learn about their concerns, honor their contributions to our country and communities, hear their pain, pray for their well-being, and listen to hear where God is leading us regarding issues of immigration. See ucc.org and obrahispana.org for more information.
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