Thursday, December 9

Progressive Democrats toughen their stance in Congress and demand citizenship for undocumented immigrants

Activists across the country are lobbying Congress to approve citizenship for the undocumented.


Under the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the 96 members of the Progressive Caucus in Congress affirm that they support the Build Back Better agenda, but that it should include the path to citizenship for the undocumented.

“(It must integrate) the path to citizenship for ‘dreamers’, people with TPS and essential workers at risk,” the members of that legislative group in both chambers said in a joint statement, although they did not specify whether they would condition their vote in the process. of Reconciliation in case a kind of immigration reform was ruled out.

The official position was that of the representative Pramila Jayapal (Washington), president of the Caucus, after a meeting with her colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

We are fully committed to passing President Biden’s comprehensive agenda, Build Back Better., and moving forward with the transformation that Americans urgently want, need and ask for, ”said Jayapal.

He added on the need to advance with this investment plan, which includes an infrastructure project of $ 1.2 billion dollars, as well as the social proposal of $ 3.5 billion dollars under the Reconciliation process, which includes help for children, medical insurance, affordable housing, college support, climate actions, plus benefits for the undocumented.

“Our Progressive Caucus makes clear: we will not allow this process to be controlled by special interests or corporations, to the detriment of women, working families and our communities. We will not leave anyone behind, “he said.

He noted that this is the Democratic agenda, not just President Biden’s, but also supported by the Americans.

“Progressives will vote for both laws, but the majority of our members will only vote for the infrastructure bill after the Build Back Better plan is passed,” it was stated.

On the path to citizenship for the undocumented, so far the only Democratic congressmen who have conditioned their vote are Jesús “Chuy” García (Illinois) y Lou Correa (California), who told the Latino Rebels portal that they will say “no” to the Reconciliation process if the “green card” is not considered for millions of immigrants.

Last week, the congresswoman, Elizabeth MacDonough, rejected as viable granting citizenship to undocumented persons through the economic package that would be approved with the Reconciliation process. Democrats prepare a plan B, details of which are unknown.

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