UnidosUS Hails Introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act
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.”