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Senator Murray: “This is not the end of the road—Senate Democrats will continue to fight for and make the case for immigration reform every way that we can. The fight to provide a fair pathway to citizenship for the millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, essential workers, and so many others does not end here.” 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement regarding the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling on Senate Democrats’ proposal to allow Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers to apply for lawful permanent resident status through the Build Back Better budget.

“I am very disappointed with the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision; however, this is not the end of the road—Senate Democrats will continue to fight for and make the case for immigration reform every way that we can. The fight to provide a fair pathway to citizenship for the millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, essential workers, and so many others does not end here. 

“Whether in the Yakima Valley or downtown Seattle, immigrants are central to our economy and our very identity as a nation. We have got to do everything we can to provide a fair pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented residents living and working in America, and I’m going to keep making that argument here in the Senate.”

Senator Murray has been a longtime advocate for immigration reform throughout her entire Senate career. Earlier this year, Murray was one of the first senators to make clear that she would pursue every avenue to achieve a pathway to citizenship for all, including budget reconciliation. Senator Murray is also a cosponsor of the Dream and Promise Act which would establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

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