WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 19, 2021)– Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks regarding President Joe Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act–which is predicted to impact Black America negatively. Pelosi said, “Today is a hopeful and historic day, as Congressional Democrats unveil President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act: transformative legislation to modernize and make our immigration system more fair, orderly and humane and our nation safer, stronger and more prosperous. ”
“Democrats are making good on President Biden’s Day One promise with landmark legislation that honors our values, protects families and strengthens our country. The U.S. Citizenship Act provides an earned path to citizenship for our nation’s undocumented community, with qualifying Dreamers, TPS holders and essential farmworkers that feed America eligible for green cards immediately. The legislation also addresses the root causes of migration, reduces immigration court backlogs, reforms our asylum system, cracks down on smuggling and human trafficking criminal organizations and restores common sense to managing our borders with smart, sensible technology and infrastructure investments.
“We must honor this truth: that immigrants are the constant reinvigoration of America, making America more American as they bring their hopes, courage and determination to succeed to our shores.”
The notion of immigrant civic participation has emerged time and again as a significant trend in community enfranchisement. In cities around the nation, especially where there are significant concentrations of immigrants, community organizations and immigrant rights coalitions have mustered energy and resources to conduct voter registration drives and to mobilize immigrant voters.
The U.S. Citizenship Bill–to give immigrants power over Black America—voting, jobs, and economic stability. The evident growth of the immigrant population has been the key factor fueling these and other initiatives, including proposals for —voting in all elections–both federal and local.
Source: Speaker Pelosi