Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat released the following statement following House passage of the FY2022 Budget Resolution, which includes instructions to include for immigration reform provisions.
As co-chairs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Immigration Executive Orders and Budget Reconciliation Sub-Task Force, Rep. Espaillat and Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16), in collaboration with CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz, M.D. have worked to ensure that immigration remains at the forefront of priorities since the start of budget considerations.
“We have said it before, and we will say it again to reiterate that immigrants are essential – to our economic recovery and to the livelihood of our nation,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). “For far too long, more than 11 million immigrants, including hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, have waited in limbo while facing numerous obstacles along the path to legal status and citizenship. This is our moment to deliver, and today’s House passage of the budget resolution is a monumental step forward in our efforts to ensure the American dream remains viable and access to all. While the path forward is long, we urge our colleagues to stand with us and vow to use every tool in our legislative and parliamentary reach to provide a real pathway to citizenship through budget reconciliation – and carry this legislation over the finish line.”
“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) applauds the passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Resolution,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “Today, we took a momentous step forward in advancing the Build Back Better Act. We are now closer than ever before to passing top CHC priorities, such as immigration reform, tax cuts for working families, climate change solutions, and safe and reliable child care. The CHC will continue to use every tool at its disposal to enact critical policies to improve the lives of millions of Hispanic families across America.”
Following the passage of the FY2022 Budget Resolution, the House will now formally begin the budget reconciliation process, which includes instructions for the inclusion of immigration reform provisions.
Read the summary on the reconciling instructions here.
Read the resolution text here.
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the northwest Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.
He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.