Hundreds of events, actions continue throughout August Recess to call on Speaker Boehner, House Republicans to “Give Us a Vote on Citizenship”
WASHINGTON, DC — On the eve of the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) initiative, immigrants, Latinos, Asians and pro-reform supporters are escalating activities around the country to call on House leadership to bring a vote on citizenship to the floor when Congress reconvenes in September.
Already, in the first year of the DACA program, more than 400,000 youth who entered into the country as children have had the chance to come out of the shadows and become legally protected against deportation. However, as the House delays progress on reform, the parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents of these young people are facing ramped-up deportation. During the five-week August recess, more than 44,000 immigrants will be deported and their families torn apart due to our country’s broken immigration system.
“For me, getting deferred action was a huge relief. Now I can work and start living my life. But DACA is only temporary and it will never allow me to become a real American, let alone provide relief for my family. That’s why I won’t stop fighting until we get citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans,” said Venancio Noya, DREAMer and DACA recipient from Longmont, Colorado. “Most of us have been in this country for years or even decades. We have families and jobs, just like everybody else. We just want to a chance to become citizens, so we can be fully participating members of our country, too.” Some legislators have suggested undocumented immigrants should only get work permits, but not access to full citizenship. That approach would relegate millions of people to a permanent underclass in America, and that is unacceptable. If House leaders scheduled a vote today on reform with a path to citizenship, it would pass in the chamber. A bipartisan majority exists in the House that supports legalization with a pathway to citizenship, just as there is a bipartisan majority of Americans who want our elected officials to act now.
Across the country reform supporters and Americans from all walks of life are mobilizing for a fair and just law that will solve our immigration crisis, put all 11 million undocumented immigrants on the path to citizenship and move us forward as a country. We will not stop until immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship is enacted. The Senate already passed a tough, but fair bipartisan reform bill. We now are calling for action from Speaker Boehner and House leadership to pass a similar bill.
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