Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Update on Senate Judiciary Hearings on Immigration Reform and Border Security

May 10, 2013

  CCAO Staff: Chloe Schwabe, Columban Advocacy Associate

As people of faith we are called to welcome the immigrant among us and recognize that we are all immigrants on a faith journey to be closer to God and to be one whole body of Christ. The CCAO is a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. We work together to ensure a just and compassionate immigration bill that ensures the wellbeing and acceptance of all immigrants among us.

The Senate Judiciary committee will be hosting a number of hearings through the end of May to vote on proposed amendments in the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Bill, S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

On May 9th, the Senate reviewed Title one of the bill on border security provisions. They passed some amendments that will certainly strengthen protections for children and their guardians under threat of deportation and that will prevent local law enforcement from receiving federal money in cases of detention from racial profiling. The Senate also prevented even further militarization of the US- Mexico border and an amendment that would have indefinitely held up the path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented brothers and sisters who are contributing to our faith communities.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is back in session on Tuesday to consider amendments to another title of the bill. Watch for an announcement on Monday for how you can help defend and strengthen the immigration bill to create more humane and compassionate immigration policy.

See the Columban U.S. Region’s immigration statement here.