Luján Statement on Senate Parliamentarian Ruling on Immigration
Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the below statement following the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling blocking the inclusion of immigration in the budget reconciliation package:
“Today’s ruling is a deeply disappointing one. I’ve been clear about my support of including immigration in the budget reconciliation package from day one. We hoped that the Senate parliamentarian would acknowledge past precedent and the budgetary impact that a pathway to citizenship for America’s Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and essential workers would provide.
“Though this ruling did not fulfill that sincere hope, our fight is far from over. Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals for budget reconciliation, and we will continue to explore every legal and legislative avenue possible, alongside the advocates and community leaders who have never stopped fighting for equity, opportunity, and justice, and get immigration reform done.”