Yes Immigrants Forward
For the past year, the Yes to Immigrants Forward campaign has worked to include a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in legislation that looked likely to pass in Congress. In CHIRLA’s 35th year of existence, we resolved to make this the year for broad legalization that could bring people out of the shadows who powered this country’s economy for decades.
The bills that emerged as likely to pass in a deeply divided Congress were those related to the budget: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the more expansive Build Back Better package.
The registry has existed for nearly a century but was last updated in the Reagan era. An update through HR 8433: Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929 could normalize the system and let at least 8 million people who contributed for years to this country come out of the shadows.
Setting a new registry date requires no new legislation and lets undocumented residents integrate into the nation they have been part of sometimes for decades. If we move it closer to 2022, we begin to calm the strife over immigration
CHIRLA released the results of a poll conducted among 1,314 undocumented immigrants about the next steps towards a path to citizenship. The poll results overwhelmingly speak to the demand from immigrant communities that Congress must deliver on its promise to win a path to citizenship for as many as possibly by all means available. Such a path, respondents said, begins with green cards, not temporary solutions. The paths ahead for Congressional leaders can still make it possible for the Biden Administration to deliver on a major promise and do right for immigrants.
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