Dreamers Encouraged of Budget Deal as Boosting Chances for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON DC- Earlier today, in a move that will hopefully take budget negotiations off the 2014 agenda, Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced a budget deal.  The budget calls for $1.012 trillion in federal spending in 2014, while replacing many sequestration cuts.  The DREAM Action Coalition stated:

“While we have yet to see what this will do for our country and economy, one thing is certain: it will allow major political window and opportunity for immigration reform.

This year, immigration has had several things take the spotlight from reform, such as Syria crisis and Obamacare.  Although immigrant rights demonstrators have braved arrest time and again this year, stopping immigration busses, filling the National Mall with demonstrators and even infiltrating immigration detention facilities in protest of our broken immigration system, our political leaders continue to make excuses to pass legislation that will modernize an outdated immigration system.

The bipartisan budget deal is an encouraging sign that 2014 will be different. After being so unproductive and unpopular, it seems that Congress wants to get a budget deal out of the way so it can do some real legislating, and get into issues that they haven’t been able to recently.  If that’s the case, it’s hard to see how they could avoid coming up with an immigration deal.

Nevertheless, Dreamers will continue to pressure Speaker Boehner to commit on immigration and Democrats, like Rep. Xavier Berea, who see immigration as a political weapon solely to win seats.”

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