1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Today’s Vote Could Reopen Government

By Hannah Graf Evans, January 24, 2019

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.

Act now. Urge your senators to reopen the government immediately without further militarizing the border and threatening asylum seekers.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.