Senate Vote on Border Bill Highlights Need for Balanced, Humane Approach to Immigration

May 23, 2024 3:05 pm

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WASHINGTON – The Senate today failed to move forward with the reintroduction of S. 4361, an extreme anti-immigrant bill that would have codified Trump-era immigration policies. The bill would have shut down the border, created a nearly impossible asylum standard, and massively expanded immigration detention, among other deterrence measures.

In response to this news, Maribel Hernández Rivera, director of policy and government affairs, border and immigration at the American Civil Liberties Union had the following reaction:

“This bill was disastrous policy when its predecessor was considered months ago, and nothing has changed since then. It’s time for our Senators to move on from this failed enforcement-only approach and instead do the work to fix our broken immigration system once and for all.

“We need a balanced approach to immigration that includes measures to improve border management, such as investments to increase processing capacity at ports of entry, and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and other long-term residents. Until then, we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect people fleeing danger and the right to seek asylum.”

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