Victory! Senate Passes Immigration Reform. We’re Halfway There.
Thanks in no small part to the work of SEIU members and other national and community advocates around the country, the U.S. Senate Thursday afternoon overwhelmingly passed comprehensive immigration reform. SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina called the bipartisan bill, a “mark on the pages of American history.”
Tatiana Lambert, a 32BJ member who emigrated from Albania 14 years ago said, “This is the law we have been waiting for so long, not just undocumented workers, but all Americans.”
The bill will now go to the U.S. House where it faces strong opposition from representatives willing to defy the will of the majority of voters. However, “We will continue to mobilize and remain vigilant of the debate and the actions of House Republicans,” Medina said. “… American consensus demands commonsense immigration reform.”
The bill isn’t perfect, but, importantly, it includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring citizens.