Immigrant Youth Recognize Our Movement Power as Biden Admin Unveils Immigration Bill

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

This bill rejects the failed notion that a pathway to citizenship must be tied to funding for deportation agents, detention camps, or the border wall.

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Biden administration, alongside Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Linda Sanchez (CA-38), unveiled the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. This bill features a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and does not include funds for detentions, deportations or border wall construction. 

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“We celebrate the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 as a testament to the growing power of our movement which has fought for policies that make a clean break from endless enforcement increases in exchange for citizenship. This bill is one of the boldest immigration bills to date, delivered by our movement and made possible by President Biden. Ultimately success will be measured once citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants is made a reality.

Amid mass deportations of Black immigrants, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and deliberate exclusion of immigrants from vital pandemic relief, our communities remain committed to winning protections for all immigrants. President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer must act with the urgency this moment requires and use every avenue to provide relief to immigrants now! 

The introduction of this bill is only the first step. Now, President Biden and Democrats in Congress must use their power to ensure that the vision laid out in this bill is realized, starting with the inclusion of immigrant youth, TPS holders, and essential workers in the next COVID relief package. What Democrats do next will solidify their commitment to immigrant communities, and we at United We Dream will fight with everything we have to ensure they follow through.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.