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Immigration Reform – What Is Happening in Congress (updated)

On April 16, 2013, Senator Chuck Schumer and seven bipartisan cosponsors (the so-called “Gang of Eight”) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, the first real attempt in some time to address our broken immigration system. 

NETWORK’s response to the initial bill was an expression of gratitude that Congress was finally dealing with the issue.

The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, May 21. It then moved on to the full Senate, where it passed by a vote of 68 to 32 on June 27. NETWORK issued this statement immediately after the vote.  

Speaker John Boehner wrote on May 23 that the House will not vote on a Senate-passed measure and will instead produce their own legislation. He repeated his statement on the day of the final Senate vote.

We continue to call for commonsense immigration reform that:

  • Ensures family unity
  • Protects the rights of immigrant workers
  • Acknowledges that our borders are already secure, with only minor changes needed
  • Speeds up processing of already-approved immigrants
  • Enhances the present diversity visa program
  • Provides a clear and direct pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who are undocumented in the U.S.

The bill is now moving through Congress, with numerous attempts by some opponents to slow its progress or derail it entirely.

We will continue to press Congress to deal with immigration reform as quickly as possible since it is long overdue.

For more information about how the bill is progressing in Congress, go to:

This page will help keep you informed about this important bill as it moves all the way (hopefully) to the president's desk.