New Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced

Reps. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) and Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.) introduced a bipartisan immigration bill in the House of Representatives May 23. The bill, called the Dignity Act of 2023, would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, update the legal immigration process, and establish “humanitarian campuses” on the U.S. border that would process asylum claims in 60 days.

The bill is one of a few bipartisan immigration proposals to be introduced in Congress since the Comprehensive Immigration Reform efforts of 2013. It is also the first bill to include a path to citizenship for adult undocumented immigrants and changes legal immigration pathways that have prevented many from acquiring visas.

This immigration bill, like other immigration legislation, will face challenges to passage. House Republican leaders have said that they will not consider any immigration legislation until a border security plan has passed both chambers.

Some of the Dignity Act’s key provisions aim to:

Reactions to the Dignity Act

The Dignity Act has received mixed reactions. Some immigration advocates have praised the bill as a major step forward, while others have criticized it for not going far enough. Immigration advocates who support the bill say that it is a comprehensive and fair proposal that would finally provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. They also say that the bill would improve the legal immigration process and make it more efficient and fairer. Immigration advocates who criticize the bill say it is insufficient, noting it does not include enough protections for asylum-seekers and it does not do enough to address the root causes of migration.

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