WASHINGTON, DC – Immigrant advocacy organizations CASA and CASA in Action condemned the parliamentarian’s advice to exclude immigrants’ access to work permits from the reconciliation package. The organizations plan to mobilize immigrants to Washington, DC, in the aftermath of this decision. 

Gustavo Torres, CASA Executive Director and CASA in Action Board President, said the following of the decision:

“The voice of millions of immigrants comes thundering down today, demanding that the Senate deliver citizenship for immigrants. Overwhelmingly the American people and now 435 of their colleagues in the House agree that immigrants deserve the full protection that citizenship offers. This latest parliamentarian advice shows just how out of touch she is, in failing to recognize this is what the American people really want. The parliamentarian is not the deciding vote or voice: Now, our future – our victory – lies in the hands of the Vice President, who ran last fall on her immigrant heritage and the Senate Majority Leader, both of whom stood in front of crowds of CASA and CASA in Action members in promising to come through for immigrant families. Precedent has shown us that with one word, Democratic leadership can disregard parliamentarian advice and offer solutions. Vice President Harris and Leader Schumer has the law and the power on her side to deliver on that promise. Citizenship will always be our north star, and we know we can come home with this big win.”


CASA is a national Latino and immigrant organization serving over 122,000 lifetime members across 46 states. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall.