FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2021
UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN WELCOME IN THE U.S.
BUT THEY NEED THEIR FAMILIES AND REAL SOLUTIONS
As cities begin welcoming unaccompanied children from unstable, strife-torn countries, Congress must ensure
their parents, among the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. have a path to citizenship.
CHIRLA commits to collaborating with agencies serving unaccompanied children at key California facilities to ensure the best care is and prompt family reunification. CHIRLA also announced it is making its free national Immigrant Assistance Line available to parents and relatives seeking to reunite with the children. The number is 888-624-4752.
"Several bills addressing the problems facing these immigrants await votes in the House and Senate. Key among them are the U.S. Citizenship Act, the Dream and Promise Act, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, and the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act.
"Congress members must surely know President Trump dismantled most available venues for migrants to reunite with their loved ones. Three decades of their inaction to fix a broken and cruel immigration system have led to even more suffering. We will no longer tolerate their immigrant bashing, race-baiting, and looking the other way.
Cities across the nation, like Long Beach is doing right now, must stand with immigrants and ensure all migrant children and families feel welcome and integrated into their new communities. Meantime, Congress must do its part to immediately send permanent solutions to President Biden's desk."