About 40 immigration activists were arrested Tuesday afternoon outside the United States Capitol blocking the street while demanding that the “Build Back Better” bill be passed with the inclusion of a path to citizenship for all 11 million people currently living in the United States without legal status.
“Build Back Better” originally included immigration reform, but the senate parliamentarian made a non-binding ruling that it could not be included in the filibuster-proof spending bill.
“It is time to put people over profit. It is time to move #BuildBackBetter,” said Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib at a CASA rally ahead of the direct action.
“The senate must include a pathway to citizenship,” in the bill she says, rather than exclude it per the senate parliamentarian.
“We want immigration reform. We are not going to deport 11 million hard working Americans in this country,” said Congressman Lou Correa while holding up an American flag. “Reform is about the United States of America. We are Americans!”
“We can’t build back better – we can’t have a full recovery – without you,” said Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. “So we have to make these critical investments not just in your labor, but in your livelihoods.”