Voters nationwide delivered wins for Biden and Democrats in 2020. Now it’s time they use that power to deliver citizenship for millions!
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee successfully completed a markup on its portion of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which features an expansive pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers, and other essential workers. The finalized text passed the committee late yesterday, teeing up the process for a full House floor vote on the reconciliation package in the next couple of weeks and bringing us one step closer to winning citizenship for millions this year.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream Action, said:
“Right now, we are in a watershed moment to deliver life-saving relief to millions of people nationwide. After over 14 hours of markup negotiations, Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee held strong against Republicans’ harmful, anti-immigrant amendments and remained committed to moving forward with a broad and inclusive pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers, and other essential workers in their version of the reconciliation package. We appreciate Democrats on the committee who remained true to our demands and rejected Republicans’ attempts to harm and exclude our communities. Momentum is building. This is the year.
President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Senator Schumer must be reminded that they have full political authority and a moral responsibility to ensure that nothing gets in the way of providing permanent relief and a pathway to citizenship for millions of people.
Immigrant youth and our allies have been a part of a broad, Black-led, and multi-racial coalition of movement leaders who mobilized millions of voters to the polls in 2020 to win Democratic control of the House, Senate, and White House and have made the moment we are in possible. Together, we fought for and celebrated the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship, action on climate change, expansion of Medicare, and a host of other people-centered priorities in Democrats’ budget resolution. Now it’s time Democrats in Congress use the power voters gave them to ensure this relief becomes a reality. The power to get this done lies squarely in Democrats’ hands. This is the year we will win citizenship for millions!”
Eva Santos Veloz, DACA recipient and volunteer of United We Dream Action, said:
“As an undocumented mother, I have felt overwhelming anxiety that one day I may be ripped from my home and denied my right to care for my children. That is why I have taken action as a volunteer with United We Dream Action’s Undeniable Squad over the past several months, organizing a number of local actions, rallies, and marches across New York City to demand a pathway to citizenship for me and millions more like me who face the looming threat of deportation. Our communities deserve to live without fear of being targeted by enforcement and separated from our families. Senator Schumer and Democrats in Congress, the time is now to pass an expansive and inclusive pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people like me!”