Immigration protections in Biden’s domestic bill face test in the Senate; Pa. lawmakers react

House Democrats sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to include a pathway to citizenship in the final bill

By: - November 25, 2021 6:41 am

Migrants pray at a March 2 demonstration at San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, to demand clearer U.S. migration policies (Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images/The Conversation).

Taking to Twitter, U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, who also signed the letter, said she was “proud to join my colleagues,” in urging Senate leaders to include a pathway to citizenship.

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District, also was among the letter’s House signatories.

In a statement, Sergio Gonzales, the executive director of the advocacy group, Immigration Hub, called on lawmakers to honor their commitments to immigrants.

“Democrats must govern and deliver on the promises that gave them the majority. The immigration permit program is not just vital for our economic recovery and an effort to redress years of harm created by an outdated and harmful immigration system, but a popular solution that will advance a thriving society and future,” he said.

“Immigration, civil rights and labor movements, and directly impacted persons, along with members of Congress, have worked arduously to reach this point, where we can ensure long-overdue protections for immigrants, including many Dreamers, TPS-holders, essential workers and farm workers,” Gonzales continued. “This has been a fight for decades, and now the Senate holds the power to seal the deal. We urge Democratic senators to vote ‘yes’ on the Build Back Better bill and finally give the American people the solutions they have been promised for years.”

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Ariana Figueroa
Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.