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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