Biden’s Rhetoric Can’t Wash Away Inaction on Immigration Justice

New York, NYIn response to President Joseph R. Biden’s State of the Union address, the New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“If the Biden administration hopes to push forward any sort of agenda after the midterm elections, it will need to deliver on the President’s promise to build a fair and humane immigration system that creates a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are American in every way. Yet, there was little in tonight’s address to the nation that revealed whether this remains a priority. Sadly, there was little in President Biden’s address to the nation which revealed whether the President would maintain his promise to immigrant Americans. While we will continue to hold the President and his administration accountable to make good on his commitment to us, we cannot rely solely on our leaders in Washington for immigration justice. We will need to turn to our local leadership as well. In New York, the NYIC aims to secure the passage of the Coverage for All Act so that every New Yorker, regardless of their immigration status, can access health care. We will end the Empire State’s collusion with ICE. And finally, we will secure additional monies to the groundbreaking Fund for Excluded Workers so working New Yorkers and their families remain NY tough. Our country can’t build back better or recover without immigrants. The time for action is now.”