FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 15, 2021
Fernanda Durand (443) 396-3317 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Treviño (786) 201-8958 email@example.com
Immigrant communities must be fully included
CHICAGO –– This week, the Senate Budget Committee released top priorities for its second budget reconciliation package. According to early reports, this reconciliation package includes funding for critical immigration policy changes that will allow the nation to begin to set the record straight about the invaluable contribution all immigrants make to the U.S. The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
“The proposed budget resolution framework includes $3.5 trillion in total investments, making this the largest funding deal since FDR’s New Deal. It is encouraging to see our congressional leaders taking their duty seriously to tackle long delayed changes in critical social and economic policies that if implemented well, would set the nation in a positive course. We welcome this inclusive proposal that will help the entire nation recover from the devastating impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and tackle this recovery from the principle of building back better. As we learn more details about the reconciliation package, we’re encouraged by the inclusion of immigration policy provisions. We will work hard to ensure these provisions include long-ignored changes that should enable millions of undocumented immigrants to apply for permanent residency visas. The time is now for Democrats to deliver for all families, but particularly for immigrant families who are and will continue to be so central for the future of our nation,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“A budget reconciliation package that invests in combating the climate crisis, invests in working people, and provides funding to support a path towards permanent protections for undocumented families is worth fighting for. Migrant and immigrant communities have been on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic and are many of the essential workers keeping our economy going. Providing a way for undocumented immigrants to secure permanent residency visas will not only have economic benefits, but also ensure the dignified inclusion of so many immigrants. This step in the right direction would not have been possible without the leadership of organizers and activists from across the country who have been relentlessly fighting every day to ensure elected officials deliver for immigrant families.” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Build Power. Change Culture. ¡Stay Presente!