WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released a joint statement on the inclusion of provisions providing a pathway to citizenship in the legislative text of the reconciliation package unveiled today by the House of Representatives’ Rules Committee:
“From day one of this Congress, and throughout negotiations over reconciliation, we have had one guiding principle for immigration reform: delivering a pathway to citizenship for as many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants as possible, especially for Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers and other essential workers. We applaud our colleagues in the House of Representatives for not treating immigration like an afterthought and instead acting boldly and unapologetically to include relief for the undocumented in their reconciliation package. To truly build back better, we need to unleash the full potential and economic might of our undocumented community, especially those who kept our economy afloat throughout the pandemic.
“While details are still coming together, the House reconciliation bill’s inclusion of language to create a pathway to citizenship shows a real commitment to protect millions of immigrants and the Senate is now in a stronger position to help get this over the finish line. Immigration reform remains a righteous cause and we cannot let this opportunity pass us by. We will continue to pull every lever to deliver immigration reform to as many undocumented immigrants as possible this year.”