In May, the Senate Judiciary finished their work and passed by a vote of 13-5 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744).” While more than 150 Amendments were offered, other Amendments related to tax, Social Security and health benefits for immigrants were not offered in committee, but will be among those offered when the bill comes to the floor. Advocate groups worked hard to stop bad amendments and were quite successful for the most part. However, those amendments may come up again when the legislation comes to the Senate floor. The bill is scheduled to go to the floor of the Senate the week of June 10th, after the Congressional Budget Office determines the bill’s cost. It is expected to be on the Senate floor for most of June. In the House, Speaker John Boehner stated on May 23 that they will not vote on a Senate-passed measure and will instead produce their own legislation.

Reflections/Actions:

  • The U.S. Catholic Bishops’ guidelines for comprehensive immigration reform are here.
  • Take action for comprehensive immigration reform here and watch the SCN Newsline for further action. 
  • NETWORK has a fact sheet on immigration located here; a Nun’s on the Bus tour and a site to urge Congress that immigration reform is needed now.
  • The Immigration Policy Center has released State-by-State Fact Sheets on Immigration located here.