Immigration Reform Contained in Spending Package

Change could affect 6.5 million people. 

The social spending bill approved by the House Friday in a 220-213 vote includes the most extensive immigration reform package reviewed by Congress in 35 years—even though it is a much-reduced version from what was initially sought. 

The provision, if approved by the Senate, would allow undocumented people present in the U.S. since before 2017 up to 10 years of work authorization, again falling short of an initial goal of a pathway to citizenship. 

According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, about 6.5 million people would stand to benefit from the measure directly. 

The provisions face challenges in the Senate beginning with the Senate’s parliamentarian having to rule on the inclusion of anything immigration-related in the Build Back Better Act. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Senate as they debate the Build Back Better Act passed by the House and possible reconciliation as a means of securing passage. 
  • For the Senate parliamentarian as provisions of the Act are reviewed for their consistency with Senate rules. 

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post 


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