TAKE ACTION: Urge Biden Administration & Congress to Pass a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Community Members


June 8, 2021

On Friday, July 16th, a Texas federal court immorally ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be partially ended, blocking new applicants from the vital program. Though people with DACA will not lose their protections, the decision blocks granting any new first-time DACA applications – meaning tens of thousands of new DACA applicants who have submitted their applications will be barred from getting protections from deportation and work authorization. The cruel decision is a reminder that temporary protections leave undocumented community members vulnerable.

Judge Hanen’s decision partially ending DACA doesn’t immediately impact those who currently have DACA and are awaiting renewals. It impacts first-time applicants as the Department of Homeland Security can no longer approve new DACA applications. This hurts the estimated 81,000 first-time applicants whose applications were pending and can no longer be processed. USCIS is expected to issue guidance in the coming days. It is vital that Congress urgently pass a permanent, meaningful pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented community members. 

Join us to demand that Congress permanently protect Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, farmworkers, and other essential workers. Congress has a unique opportunity to pass a pathway to citizenship through the budget reconciliation process – a process that allows for a simple majority of the Senate to adopt particular types of policy. Since Congress is engaging in the budget reconciliation process right now, it is more important than ever to keep up the pressure. You can find Church World Service’s statement in response to the ruling here and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s statement here.

CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
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Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith / refugee / immigrant], I urge you to support and pass meaningful pathways to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented community members. Immigrants are valued members of our congregations and communities. They are mothers, fathers, and children. Immigrants help drive our economy, including undocumented immigrants and individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). They are doctors, nurses, and medical aides working in our hospitals and elder care facilities, caring for and treating COVID-19 patients. They are farm workers who put food on our tables and truck drivers and grocery store workers making sure our grocery stores stay stocked. They are factory workers making sure Americans have what we need to stay healthy and beat the pandemic. Immigrant essential workers have faced the most significant risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge you to honor and value our undocumented neighbors by supporting and passing meaningful pathways to citizenship that do not immorally exclude certain neighbors from relief because of our nation’s inequitable and racist criminal justice system that disproportionately targets Black and Brown communities. My community welcomes immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”

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Immigrants are part of our national fabric and vital to the prosperity of our communities. They are valued members of our families, congregations, and communities. Immigrants help drive our economy, including undocumented immigrants and individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). Immigrant essential workers have faced the most significant risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world searches for solutions during a global pandemic, we have a moral obligation to those who are our neighbors and community members. For far too long, Dreamers, farm workers, TPS holders and many more immigrants have waited for Congress to deliver an opportunity to pass a meaningful, permanent solution that provides a path to citizenship. Urge the Biden administration and Congress to support and pass a meaningful pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented community members.

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