Today, in celebration of May Day, over a hundred of our members from across New York are at the nation’s capital. They join thousands of immigrants from across the country to demand that President Biden deliver on immigration reform.
Both the American Dream and Promise Act and Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed the House of Representatives within President Biden’s first 100 days. Yet, we are still waiting for a pathway to citizenship for all. And deportations have continued, tearing our families and communities apart.
In celebration of International Workers’ Day, immigrants—including essential workers, DACA recipients, TPS holders, farmworkers, and more—rise up to show our power, and demand change. Our communities have waited long enough, the time for immigration reform is now.
Earlier this week, during his joint address to Congress, President Biden reiterated his commitment to a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented. During his campaign, and since his first week in office, he has also promised to end deportations. We will continue to hold him to these words until they become reality.
One of our members, Oscar Rivera, who is with us today said, “Undocumented immigrants cannot wait any longer for a pathway to citizenship. The recovery of our country must include long overdue relief to our communities. Immigrants like me have worked tirelessly, on the frontlines during this pandemic, while also living in fear of deportation or being separated from our loved ones. We call on President Biden to use every tool at his disposal to deliver a path to citizenship to undocumented people who contribute to our economy and call this country home.”
We need the Biden administration and Congress to act for immigrant communities now. Today, we are making those demands loud and clear in Washington D.C.