FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2021
Janelle Erickson | jerickson@HilltopPublicSolutions.com
Bill Would Grant Citizenship To 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressmember Linda Sanchez (CA-38) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. This historic bill would provide a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live, work and contribute to our country, without trade offs that would increase the power of the deportation force of ICE and CBP. In response, Nathaly Arriola, Campaign Director of the We Are Home campaign, issued the following statement:
“The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, first unveiled by the Biden-Harris administration, is a historic step in our efforts to rebuild our country’s immigration system and finally grant relief to our 11 million undocumented family members and neighbors who have long called this country home. We must be clear in acknowledging that this moment would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Black, AAPI, Indigenous and Latinx organizers who led a multiracial, multiethnic, multigenerational majority to elect a Democratic-controlled Congress and the Biden-Harris administration.
“After enduring four long years of politically motivated cruel and chaotic immigration policies at the hands of the Trump administration, we are glad to see our elected officials taking the first step in what is urgently needed permanent relief to some of our most vulnerable communities. The introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 presents Congress a golden opportunity to rebuild a fair, humane, and functional immigration system– a key component to jumpstarting our country’s economic recovery.
“We applaud today’s actions and will continue working in partnership with the Biden administration and Congress to expend every resource available, including all immediately available legislative vehicles, to advance this bill and others. Immediately. The We Are Home campaign is committed to delivering a path to citizenship to the millions who have been waiting in the frontlines. We will not go back to our communities empty handed.”