For Immediate Release: May 18, 2021
Essential Workers, Farmworkers, Young People, TPS Recipients, Dreamers and their Supporters Come Together in Support of Citizenship
Virtual Lobby Day Builds Momentum for Citizenship Legislation
Washington, DC – Today, the We Are Home campaign and the Immigration Hub organized a virtual lobby day bringing together hundreds of people from all over the country and representing over 100 organizations in support of citizenship. More than 90 meetings will take place between impacted immigrants, allies and advocates and lawmakers pushing for concrete action this year. Today’s activities include a midday lunch with remarks by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and an evening rally with remarks by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home Campaign issued the following statement:
“Hundreds of immigrants, their families, friends and supporters from all over the nation are coming together to take part in a true American tradition: the opportunity to engage directly with their members of Congress. Our objectives are simple: focus on solutions to our broken immigration system and press for commitments to support citizenship for DACA recipients, Dreamers, TPS and DED holders, farm workers and other essential workers. Voters want reform because they recognize that immigrant workers are essential to our recovery from COVID-19, and President Biden is committed to a pathway to citizenship. Now, it is time for Congress to act and finally bring a permanent solution for immigrants and their families.
The power and breadth of our movement is undeniable, and today hundreds of immigrants will remind Democrats that they must use their majority to win immigration, and the message to Republicans is that we welcome genuine bipartisanship, but we will not tolerate efforts to slow down or derail reform. The time is now.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities on three fronts: prioritizing and demanding a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; a moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement; and broad affirmative relief from deportation. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)/Care in Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers/UFW Foundation; and United We Dream.