For Immediate Release: September 14, 2021
We Are Home: Campaign to Legalize Millions of Immigrants Continues Moving Forward
Washington, D.C. – Last night, the House Judiciary Committee moved forward a proposal to grant legal permanent resident status to Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers, another step in our efforts to pass transformative legislation that legalizes millions of immigrants this year.
Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home campaign said:
“Our goal has never wavered. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve sought to win a path to citizenship for as many people as possible using every tool at our disposal by whatever legislative means. We’re optimistic we can get it done through reconciliation.
“A path to citizenship has a significant budgetary and economic impact and there’s no question that it should and can be part of reconciliation. The benefits to our economy are substantial. Citizenship will boost our GDP by $1.5 trillion, generate billions in tax revenue, create 400,000 new jobs and increase wages for American workers by $600. Nearly 60 economists recently penned a letter to Senate leadership outlining the economic benefits and significant budgetary impact of a pathway to citizenship.
“Just as importantly, a path to permanent residency is a goal long-sought for immigrants and their families so that millions can work without fear of deportation or family separation. We are long overdue for transformative immigration reform that legalizes millions of people and it is a moral failure that today, in America, millions of immigrant workers are considered ‘essential’ and ‘deportable.’ We can do better and we can’t wait any longer.”
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.