For Immediate Release: August 12, 2021


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: 

  1. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  2. American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  3. American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  4. America’s Voice
  5. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
  6. Broward for Progress
  7. Care in Action
  8. Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  9. Chispa/LCV
  10. Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
  11. Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Action Fund
  12. Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible
  13. Corazon Arizona
  14. Down Home North Carolina
  15. Faith in Public Life
  16. For Our Future
  17. Granite State Interfaith Action Fund
  18. Hispanic Federation
  19. Invest In America Action
  20. Jobs With Justice
  21. Justice for Migrant Women
  22. Latino Victory
  23. Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  24. League of Conservation Voters
  25. Legal Aid at Work
  26. Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)
  27. Maryland Latinos Unidos (MLU)
  28. MinKwon Center for Community Action
  29. MomsRising/MamásConPoder
  30. MoveOn
  31. National Education Association (NEA)
  32. National Employment Law Project
  33. National Council of Jewish Women
  34. National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)
  35. Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  36. Poder Latinx
  37. Poder NC Action
  38. Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
  39. Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council
  40. Sunrise Movement
  41. Unitarian Universalist Association
  42. United Farm Workers Foundation
  43. United Food and Commercial Workers Int’l Union (UFCW)
  45. Voto Latino
  46. We Demand More Coalition
  47. Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center
  48. Women’s Refugee Commission
  49. Woori Center PA
  50. Woori Juntos