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America’s posterity is tied to the strength and contributions of immigrants who call America home. Shamefully, rather than experiencing full inclusion, millions of immigrants are vulnerable to imminent separation from their families, traumatic and prolonged detention, or a forcible return to life-threatening situations.

Urge Congress to add pathways to citizenship in the recovery legislation being considered this fall.

For years, Congress has negotiated legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals; now is the time for permanent solutions. Congress cannot fail to deliver because of procedural hurdles and delays affiliated with the recovery legislation process. Congress needs to establish pathways to citizenship for undocumented communities, including Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, essential workers, and farmworkers.

We urge Congress to include pathways to citizenship without inhumane provisions in the recovery legislation. Creating pathways to citizenship is an economic and moral imperative.

  • During a pandemic that has exacerbated economic and health inequities, more than 5 million undocumented essential workers stepped up to the frontlines and sacrificed their lives to care for Americans and maintain our economy.
  • Over a ten-year period, citizenship for undocumented immigrants is projected to benefit the U.S.’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least $1.5 trillion, create 400,000 new jobs, and increase wages for workers by $600. 
  • Pathways to citizenship have strong support among American voters, with 67% of voters across parties lines in favor.
  • Provisions of pathways to citizenship legislation have broad support from members of Congress, 1,200 faith leaders, and 140 of the nation’s top businesses.
FCNL Contact: Anika Forrest, Legislative Manager for the Immigration and Refugee program, aforrest@fcnl.org.

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