News Release

UnidosUS Hails Introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act

February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC—In response to the introduction of the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021” in Congress, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement:

“Today’s introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 by Senator Menendez, Rep. Linda Sanchez, leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and other members of Congress animates the bold vision set forth by the Biden administration. This legislation establishes a much-needed earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants and begins to chart a new course for an effective and humane 21st century immigration system.

“This important bill includes critical improvements, like fast-tracking legalization for DREAMers and farmworkers, as well as modernizing our legal immigration system by, among other things, eliminating harmful barriers to family unity. As we pull through a once-in-a-generation health and economic crisis, Americans are coming to understand the essential role immigrants play in keeping the country afloat, and this bill offers sensible immigration reform to ensure their contributions are supported and honored.

“This legislation is an important step forward in undoing the damage the last four years of cruel, bigoted and senseless policies have caused. We pledge to work with the CHC, the Biden administration and all partners to ensure we advance this legislation’s promise to our communities.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Michael Krumholtz