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Join letter calling for pathways to citizenship for immigrants and their families

NEA’s celebration of June as Immigrant Heritage Month continues with an open  letter urging President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to include protections and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and their families in any legislation that moves forward via budget reconciliation. They include Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, educators, and other essential workers on the frontlines of our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providing permanent protections and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth and their families would boost economic output, generate additional tax revenue, and help lift families out of poverty. Every day, educators encounter students consumed by stress and anxiety about what the future holds—for themselves and their families. Some 18.5 million children under age 18 have a parent born outside the United States—and nearly 40 percent of them live in households where neither parent is a U.S. citizen.

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25 responses to “Join letter calling for pathways to citizenship for immigrants and their families

  1. I support pathways to citizenship for immigrants. children should not be separated from families, other immigrants (Europeans) with no problems

  2. I love and agree with all of these comments. I stand firmly with the Statue of Liberty and its inscription. Now is the time to end all of these Petty Political Party Games! Let’s be what we have claimed for years to be. Welcome immigrants, provide them with a pathway to citizenship, pathways to possible employment, and watch them become amazing, taxpaying friends and neighbors.

    1. The United States of America ALREADY has a pathway to citizenship.
      America has rules to follow when persons desire to become citizens.
      These rules were developed to protect Americans and to equally protect the new comers. I know this, because I have experienced the pathway.
      We don’t need new laws/rules as much as we need to enforce what is already In place. Turn off the social media and read a good law book. Respectfully.

  3. Let’s make the country wealthier with more people living here and working here. There is so much we can do to further build the nation when we welcome immigrants .

  4. Unless from an indigenous family, we’re ALL immigrants. It’s way past time to enact these reforms. You have the majority, so GET BUSY!

  5. Time to act on immigration. The later, the worst. This is the opportunity to make immigrants already here feel at home. Then act on new rules for new immigrants.

  6. Comprehensive Immigration Reform was promised in 2008, the last time we elected a Democratic president and a Democratic House and Senate. It was to include legalization and a path to citizenship. It’s time to make good on that promise.

  7. Let’s create a path for legal citizenship for those who have come to our country for refuge and for a better life. In addition, we need a more responsive and compassionate policy for legal entry to the U.S. Many of us have parents who were part of immigrant families who came to America for a safe place to live and to be contributing members of our society. “Providing permanent protections and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth and their families” is the right thing to do to preserve the American Dream.

  8. America has always been the land of Opportunity for the entire world. It is and should be finally the time to live up to our values and be the greatest Democracy!!

  9. Aren’t we all immigrants? Unless you’re Native American! So why aren’t we helping our brethren with a path to citizenship? And I don’t mean charging them exorbitant fees in the process!

  10. Please vote for this bill. The immigrants and children woud not be here if it was safe to live in their original country.

  11. This is not only a humane action, it is also a financially beneficial one. Undocumented immigrants I know, hardworking contributors to our community, would be delighted to become “legit” and pay more taxes than they already do. They would also be relieved at the removal of of the cloud of fear that always hangs over them regarding deportation.

    1. I support pathways to citizenship for immigrants! Children should not be separated from their families. Do the right thing.

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