Take Action: Sign the Open Letter to Act on Immigration Reform

 

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Dear President Biden, Vice President Harris, Majority Leader Schumer, and Speaker Pelosi: 

The undersigned individuals urge you to include in any legislation that moves forward via budget reconciliation permanent protections and pathways to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants, and their families, who contribute to this country in a myriad of ways. They include Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and essential workers on the frontlines of our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has cost 600,000 Americans their lives and exacerbated racial and economic inequities. 

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. One in four DACA recipients is the parent of a U.S. citizen. Most children’s immigrant parents have lived here for more than 10 years.  

The Center for American Progress estimates that 5 million undocumented immigrants, including more than 200,000 DACA recipients and more 100,000 TPS holders, are essential workers on the pandemic’s frontlines. They include 14,900 educators serving our nation’s students and schools. They serve us and our loved ones as doctors, nurses, and home health aides. They are essential workers and first responders, provide child and elder care, work in restaurants and grocery stores, and tend our homes and gardens. They are our friends and neighbors—people who moved here to put food on the table, to provide for their families, and for the promise of freedom and opportunity. 

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and how we treat new immigrants reflects our commitment to the values that define us. It is essential to include in any legislation that moves forward via budget reconciliation permanent protections and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and their families, particularly Dreamers, DACA recipients, TPS holders, and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sincerely,

The undersigned 

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