Reps. Salazar and Escobar introduce bipartisan immigration reform bill

New bill is an updated version of the Dignity Act, aims to end illegal immigration, provide a dignified solution for undocumented immigrants.

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On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of representatives led by Congresswomen María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX) introduced the ‘Dignity for Immigrants while Guarding our Nation to Ignite and Deliver the American Dream Act 2023″ or DIGNIDAD (Dignity) Act 2023.

According to a press release from Rep. Salazar, the new legislation is “a new, better, and bipartisan version of the Dignity Act,” which she first introduced in Feb. 2022. The update came following consultation with “members of both parties and a diverse group of interested stakeholders.”

“Specifically, the new bill secures the border once and for all, fixes our broken asylum system, strengthens support for border communities, and stops the humanitarian crisis we are currently facing,” reads the statement.

With a budget of $25 billion to “fully secure the border,” the new bill has four primary goals: ending illegal immigration; providing a dignified solution for undocumented immigrants; strengthening the American workforce and economy; and ensuring that the U.S. economy remains competitive.

The move comes after House Republicans passed the Secure the Border Act of 2023 along party lines earlier this month.