For Immediate Release: August 12, 2021
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Broad Coalition of 50 Orgs Tells U.S. Congress: Citizenship Must Be Part of Human Infrastructure Reconciliation Package
“To Build Back Better we have to make sure everyone is included…”
Washington, DC — Today, a broad array of 50 groups, organizations and campaigns called on the U.S. Congress to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the human infrastructure plan that is being crafted by the U.S. Senate to be passed via budget reconciliation. The initial phase of that process was completed early this morning when the Budget Resolution proposed by Senate Democrats, which includes funds for the citizenship process for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farmworkers and other essential workers, was adopted by the U.S. Senate. See below for a list of organizations endorsing the following statement:
“To Build Back Better we have to make sure everyone is included, particularly those traditionally left behind. Along with jobs, care, and climate, citizenship for immigrant workers and families is an integral part of the recovery package that Congress must enact this year.
“Citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers and essential workers has overwhelming bipartisan public support—including from majorities of independents and Republicans. Along with investments in jobs, care and climate, the investment in citizenship propels economic growth, creates jobs and increases wages for all Americans.
“The political moment to enact a citizenship measure is now. It’s been 35 years since the last meaningful pathway to citizenship legislation was enacted. And after four years of continuous and relentless attacks on immigrant communities – even while they played instrumental roles in keeping the country alive and moving during a global pandemic – it’s time to act. There is no moral and economic recovery without including immigrants.”
This statement was endorsed by: