Immigration arrests are at the lowest levels in 10 years, thanks to a 100-day pause on deportations and new limits on immigration enforcement under the Biden administration.
Instead of pursuing a pathway to citizenship through the budget reconciliation process, Senate Democrats are instead pursuing a plan that would allow millions of immigrants to claim temporary protection from deportation—a move that has been met with pushback from immigrant rights advocates.
Senator Alex Padilla’s parents were inspired to apply for citizenship after Proposition 187 appeared on the ballot in California, which prohibited undocumented immigrants from accessing non-emergency health care and education. Additionally, an estimated one in four residents of his hometown Pacioma, CA, are undocumented. For Senator Padilla, immigration reform is critical.