FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2021
Madison Allman, [email protected], 202-384-1279
NILC Statement on House Passage of a Pathway to Citizenship in the Budget Resolution
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that increases funding for health care, child and elder care, and education and climate action. It also includes more than $100 billion to create a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of immigrant youth, people with temporary protected status, immigrant essential workers, and farm workers.
Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:
“We at the National Immigration Law Center celebrate the House passage of this historic budget resolution, which puts us one step closer to addressing some of the most significant crises affecting working families in our country. This crucial development is undeniable proof of our collective power and momentum. This moment serves as a reminder that elections matter: Voters elected Democrats to power to deliver a more just and equitable vision for our country.
“Citizenship would provide long-overdue stability for millions of immigrants who are part of our families and communities. They are essential to our country and our continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and must finally be recognized. We urge Congress to pass the most inclusive bill possible and ensure that we are expanding safety-net protections so that we all have what we need to thrive.”