FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 19, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | [email protected]
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | [email protected]
National coalition of Latin American immigrant-led organizations calls on the U.S. Senate to ensure passage of critical legislation
The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
CHICAGO – Alianza Americas and Presente.org celebrate community organizing efforts, including those of its members, that led to the passage of the Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6) and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. This is a critical first step, but the bills still need to be considered by the Senate, and assuming they were to pass the Senate, they will then need to be signed into law by the President. We call on the Senate to strip the harmful exclusionary provisions in H.R. 6 that create new bars to attain legalization and urge the Senate to pass these bills as soon as possible as millions of lives are at stake.
“Alianza Americas’ members have been actively organizing weekly actions, meetings with their legislators, and collectively working to elevate our communities’ issues. The passage in the House of the Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a critical first step in ensuring legal status for millions of immigrants living in the United States. We call on the Senate to strip out exclusionary provisions that do not account for the institutional racism that plagues the criminal system and ensure its passage as soon as possible. We believe Congress can and should do better,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Presente.org and Alianza Americas are committed to permanent status, full human rights, and inclusion of immigrant communities across the United States. The passage of the Dream and Promise Act in the House is an important step linking TPS (Temporary Protection Status) holders and those who entered the U.S. as children — as well as others who have temporary protections. The exclusionary provisions present in this bill, however, would result in continuing to leave many of our community members out. We urge the Senate to ensure passage of this critical legislation without these harmful provisions,” 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. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.