Not All Immigrants Like the Senate’s Immigration Bill

Nearly half of all undocumented immigrants wouldn't even qualify for basic provisional status under the bill.

By Aura Bogado Sep 11, 2013

It remains unlikely that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will work its way through the House this term. Aside from Obama’s media tour for a strike against Syria and a looming debt ceiling deadline that threatens to shut down the government next month (that may hold healthcare hostage as a result), immigration has largely fallen to last place. If anything, rather than build on the Senate’s comprehensive bill, the House will work on piecemeal legislation. 

But while the Senate’s bill has been touted by some advocates as the best option moving forward, it doesn’t actually guarantee a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. It would, however, increase criminalization. Abraham Paulos, who heads Families for Freedom, explains: 

Among our biggest concerns is that S. 744 systematically binds a criminal legal system rooted in mass imprisonment with an immigration system driven by enforcement. Along with the current push for enforcement, the criminalization of our immigrant communities will continue to grow in order to justify the billions of dollars being pumped into immigration enforcement.

Read Paulos’s entire post about why Families for Freedom rejects the bill over at Huffington Post.