Immigrant advocates after WH meeting: ‘next steps’ on policy unclear

During the meeting, which was accompanied by a senior adviser to the president and administration officials who work on immigration and political strategy, Make the Road members warned that rising inflation concerns, inappropriate court behavior and Democrats’ ‘The political environment has deteriorated. Congress’ slim majority in danger.

Members of the group emphasized the need to provide permanent solutions for undocumented immigrants, including those currently in the vulnerable future programs with temporary protections. In particular, the outlook for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is uncertain due to legal challenges and a future administration could end Temporary Protected Status designations for some immigrants, the group noted. What did More broadly, he urged officials to return to making immigration reform a policy priority before the window of opportunity likely closes in November.

“While all this is happening, our members are patiently waiting and pushing for permanent immigration relief, knowing that time is running out,” the group said in a statement at the meeting and OlxPraca. shared with “On the other hand, the White House has been publicly silent on positively advancing or prioritizing immigration legislation.”

The White House declined to comment on the meeting.

Members of the group said they urged the administration to be more vocal in pressuring Congress to act on immigration reform — because many of the group’s members are part of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who have citizenship. Hoping to gain access to the path.

Congress is unlikely to make any progress on immigration and is unable to muster enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Last year, the Senate lawmaker rejected multiple attempts by Democrats to include immigration reform in his party-line social spending bill.

Meanwhile, GOP leaders have expressed little interest in Democrats’ efforts at immigration reform. Instead, they have stepped up their calls for tighter border security and urged Biden to maintain Trump-era restrictive border policies.

Mendez said members of the group left the meeting feeling that White House officials were willing to plan for more frequent discussions.

Flor Gonzalez, a member of Make the Road Pennsylvania who spoke at the meeting, stressed her frustration at the lack of action in Washington, but that she welcomed the opportunity to speak out for herself and the millions of immigrants in her own situation. welcome

“Even though I can’t vote, I have the power of my voice and I will continue to use it,” Gonzalez said.