- Action Alert
- Immigrants & Refugees
Today’s Vote Could Reopen Government
Today, the Senate will vote on two drastically different proposals to reopen the government.
The first proposal by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) would reopen the government, but contains harmful policy riders. The riders will gut our asylum system, expand the daily number of immigrants in detention to 52,000, and allocate $5.7 billion to further militarize border communities and expand the U.S. border wall. It also includes narrow, temporary protections for some Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
The second proposal, put forth by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), would simply re-open the government and fund it through February 8. It is not a permanent solution, but it will allow government services to continue and paychecks to go out while Congress works to negotiate a long-term agreement.
The Senate is about the vote. Congress must act to reopen the government while also protecting the rights and dignity of migrants, border residents, and vulnerable communities.