Saturday, March 20, 2021
Contact: Andrea Arenas / 202-316-1212
Washington D.C.- This week the House of Representatives took action on two critical bills, which if passed by the Senate, would provide a legal pathway to permanent residency and citizenship for Dreamers, TPS, DED Recipients and farmworkers, all of whom call this country home.
The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, will grant an estimated 3 million immigrants- among them DACA, TPS, and DED recipients, conditional permanent resident status with a pathway to citizenship. These working women and men have helped build, feed, serve, educate, and care for our nation. They have and continue to contribute to our economic stability, even amid the unprecedented pandemic we are all living through. This is the opportunity Congress needs to take in order to provide stability and a dignified life for countless immigrant working families.
Legislators also voted on the The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would put about one million undocumented farmworkers and their families on the path to citizenship, while at the same time creating a program for agricultural workers and their families to earn legal status and a path to citizenship through continued agricultural employment.
Paired with President Biden’s Citizenship Act, and Congressman Joaquin Castro’s Change Act, immigrant working families would accomplish fixing once and for all our nation’s current inhumane immigration system.
“For decades, DACA, TPS and DED have helped to ensure working people have rights on the job and the freedom to negotiate together for fair pay and working conditions,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA’s National President. “We urge the Senate to pass these critical bills which would allow for families to remain together having the opportunity to lead a dignified and prosperous life.”
“We stand with all immigrant working families in encouraging members of congress to pass these bills which would help us achieve fairness in our immigration system, as well as justice by empowering our nation’s workforce,” said Jose Vargas, LCLAA Executive Director. “All working families deserve rights on the job and in the community in which they live and support.”