FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2022
Advocates Celebrate Passage of a Clean Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate
Washington – The #WelcomeWithDignity campaign for asylum rights celebrates the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 in the Senate today. The legislation represents a major win for activists in the climate and healthcare movements. Importantly, passing the legislation without anti-immigrant poison pills, including provisions to codify Title 42 – a failed and deadly asylum ban – comes after months of advocacy from #WelcomeWithDignity, its campaign members, and the public. The campaign is deeply grateful for the leadership of Senators Menendez (NJ) and Padilla (CA) and the Senators who held the line protecting immigrant communities from this and other harmful amendments.
#WelcomeWithDignity campaign manager Melina Roche lauded the victory:
“Today, the Senate delivered a historic bill to address climate change and healthcare costs while standing united against anti-immigrant amendments that would end asylum or harm immigrant communities. This is a victory for the environment, affordable healthcare, and also our campaign and partners. We are especially grateful to our champions, Senator Menendez and Senator Padilla, for their leadership and steadfast commitment to passing this bill without undermining the legal right for people to seek safety. We now urge the House to pass the Inflation Reduction Act swiftly. ”
The Welcome with Dignity Campaign for asylum rights is composed of more than 100 national and regional organizations committed to transforming the way the United States receives and protects people forced to flee their homes to ensure they are treated humanely and fairly. To learn more and join our campaign visit: welcomewithdignity.org