|New York, NY—Today, the Senate Parliamentarian, an unelected bureaucrat, ruled that Congressional Democrats’ plan to provide temporary work permits without a roadmap to citizenship, does not meet the Senate requirements of reconciliation. The New York Immigration Coalition immediately joined national partners in calling for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to include a roadmap to citizenship in the Senate’s version of the Build Back Better package, which would allow otherwise law-abiding immigrants without legal status who have been in the United States continuously since Jan. 1, 2011, to apply for a green card and eventual citizenship.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Enough is enough! Immigrant Americans have proven how essential we are to the nation during this global pandemic, and now it’s time for our Democratic leadership to live up to their promises and prove that we are more than pawns to be bargained with by politicians. We cannot defer the promise of real lasting immigration reform, again. The cost of inaction is too high for families who have already experienced the virulent attacks of four years of the most anti-immigrant President in recent history. Senate Majority Leader Schumer has the power to build a better vision of our country and secure a true recovery. It’s time he and his caucus listened to the majority of the American people and deliver on their promise of a roadmap to citizenship.”