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Roybal-Allard Statement on U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 Immigration Bill

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Washington, February 18, 2021 | Benjamin Bryant (202-309-2383) | comments
Washington, DC –  Today, President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats unveiled the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, robust immigration reform legislation that will modernize the nation’s immigration system. The bill will prioritize reuniting and keeping families together and will boost America’s economy while protecting all workers, regardless of status. It will also responsibly and effectively manage the border with smart investments, address the root causes of migration to the United States from Central America, ensure the United States remains a refuge for those fleeing persecution, and more. Efforts to guide the bill through the U.S. House of Representatives are being led by U.S. Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-7), Judy Chu (CA-27), Yvette Clarke (NY-9), and Karen Bass (CA-37)

Rep. Roybal-Allard issued the following statement: 

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in the introduction of President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. This robust immigration reform bill is long overdue. Over my 28 years in Congress, I and the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have worked hard to reform our broken immigration system. This bill will help ensure that immigrants like those in my district who strengthen our economy and add so much value to our communities are treated with dignity and justice. 

“This bill will help reunite and keep families together and protect the millions of undocumented immigrants who contribute to our nation, including those serving in our armed forces and those who are essential workers on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic. It also builds on the principles of the Dream and Promise Act, of which I and Congresswomen Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke are the original co-sponsors, by expediting a pathway to citizenship for all DACA-eligible youth, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) recipients. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Biden Administration to pass the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 into law.”


*Spanish translation below.

“Me complace unirme a mis colegas en la introducción del Acta de Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos de 2021 del presidente Biden. Esta propuesta de reforma migratoria se ha dilatado demasiado. Durante mis 28 años en el Congreso, los miembros del Caucus Hispano y yo hemos trabajado con mucho esfuerzo para reformar nuestro sistema de inmigración. Este proyecto de ley ayudará a garantizar que los inmigrantes, como muchos de mi distrito, quienes fortalecen nuestra economía y agregan tanto valor a nuestras comunidades, sean tratados con dignidad y justicia.

“El proyecto de ley ayudará a reunir y mantener unidas a familias y protegerá a los millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que contribuyen a nuestra nación, incluyendo a los que sirven en nuestras fuerzas armadas y a los que son trabajadores esenciales en la batalla contra la pandemia de COVID-19. La legislación se basa en los principios del Acta de Sueño y Promesa, cual las congresistas Nydia Velásquez e Yvette Clarke y yo somos copatrocinadoras originales. Me complace que el proyecto de ley mejora mi política y acelera el camino hacia la ciudadanía para todos los jóvenes elegibles de DACA, así como para los beneficiarios de TPS y DED. Espero trabajar con mis colegas y la administración de Biden para convertir en ley el Acta de Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos de 2021.”


Companion legislation is being introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Alex Padilla (D-CA) Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

More information on the U.S. Citizenship of 2021 can be found here.
 
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