Unions and evangelicals agree any bill must include a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers now in the United States to keep families together.
But previewing some of the possible hurdles ahead, Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, noted that the Senate framework does not cover families with same-sex parents.
Immigration legislation “must be inclusive of all our families,” she said.
Although organizations such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops generally support an immigration overhaul, the bishops oppose equivalent treatment for families with same-sex parents. Some Republican lawmakers have also said they will oppose measures that include a path to citizenship for workers who have come to the country illegally.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.