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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.