NILC Statement on Congress’ Failure to Pass a Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrant Youth 

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December 20, 2022

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NILC Statement on Congress’ Failure to Pass a Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrant Youth

WASHINGTON — Lisa Graybill, vice president of law and policy at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement in response to Congress’ failure to include provisions for a pathway to citizenship in the end of year spending package:  

This year’s omnibus spending bill was a critical opportunity to provide long-awaited stability for millions of DACA recipients and immigrant youth who call the U.S. home. With the writing on the wall that DACA may be nearing the end, it is unacceptable that once again Congress has failed to meet the urgency of the moment.  

“NILC proudly worked alongside the hundreds of immigrant youth and allies who traveled to Washington from all over the country to share their hopes and dreams with their elected representatives and convey their experiences living amid constant uncertainty. While we are disappointed by Congress’ failure to act, we continue to be inspired by our communities’ undeniable power and resilience. We remain as committed as ever to fighting for a permanent solution for immigrant youth and all who come to this country seeking safety and opportunity so that all of us, no matter where we were born or how much money we have, have the freedom to thrive.”  

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