Advocates and activists were scrambling this morning after the Senate Gang of 8 released an outline of the long-awaited immigration bill proposal, after declaring last night that they would cancel their press conference in deference to the Boston tragedy. The bill itself has not been formally introduced, but , if Reid keeps his word, we should see SB 1 very soon.
From the standpoint of an advocate (and I’ve eyeballed the proposal “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013″ which is available at Scribd), it’s not too bad. There is a road to citizenship. There is a road to family re-unification. The stipulations and obstacles aren’t more difficult or more dire than expected.
I’ve submitted a comprehensive blog post to About.com Immigration with my thoughts, and I encourage you to check it out.
Today is a great, though exhausting day for me, personally. I marched in solidarity on immigration reform in 2006, but moreso, I’ve worked formally on this specific push for about two years for several different clients. Seeing this bill introduced is exciting.
The major to-do right now is to let the senate hear that we- their employers- are ready to push this bill forward, i.e. “let’s do it- what’s the next step?” In order to do that, please call congress TODAY! 866-563-5608