Congressman Jesús García: The budget must include a path to citizenship

Congressman Jesús García says the budget should consider citizenship for immigrants. One more way to obtain citizenship is joining the Ar...

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  • Congressman Jesús García says the budget should consider citizenship for immigrants.
  • One more way to obtain citizenship is joining the Armed Forces.
  • There’s a protest in Wisconsin to give more presence to immigrants.

Los Angeles, Jul 6 (EFE News).- Federal Representative Jesús “Chuy” García, a Democrat from Illinois, declared on Tuesday that he cannot support a budget reconciliation agreement that doesn’t include a path to citizenship for immigrants. “A strong and equitable budget reconciliation agreement must include a path to citizenship for immigrants; our country cannot fully recover without it, and I cannot support any agreement that leaves so many people in my district behind,” said the legislator in a statement.

He added that legislators must “seize this historic opportunity to bring compassion and dignity to our immigration system, and provide the certainty that comes with having the legal status that millions of immigrants and their families deserve”. “For decades, I have heard the plight of family, friends and people in my community in the Chicago region whose lives have been put on hold,” said the congressman, quoted by The Hill newspaper.

Reconciliation must include more things

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According to García, legislators should take advantage of every available opportunity to fix the immigration system, “including the budget reconciliation process to help young beneficiaries of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS holders ( Temporary Protected Status), agricultural workers and other essential workers ”.

“This would potentially be the first significant legislative action on this issue in 35 years,” he said. He argued that such progress is “crucial” for the thousands of essential undocumented workers in his district. “They sacrificed themselves to keep this country running during the worst of the pandemic, and they often did not have access to aid or medical assistance for fear of deportation. We owe it to them ”, he stated.

Fight for citizenship

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“I have always been an advocate for immigrant communities and I will not stop fighting until every undocumented person has a path to citizenship in the country they call home,” he concluded. Some Democratic legislators have advocated that the budget’s social spending be approved in Congress through a mechanism called “reconciliation.”

This route allows the approval of some measures that are related to the budget with just a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate, precisely those that the Democrats have, who could therefore carry it out without any support from the Republican opposition, but the conservatives are against it. bluntly. According to The Hill, Garcia’s position is notable because Democrats cannot afford to lose any votes if they want to bring a reconciliation package to President Joe Biden’s desk. The position follows calls from other Democrats who want to include immigration provisions in any reconciliation effort. But Garcia went a step further by tying his support for the effort to the inclusion of such provisions. EFE News

They promote pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the Armed Forces

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Washington, Jun 23 (EFE News) .- More than 40,000 foreigners who are legal immigrants in the United States and serve in the Armed Forces “deserve a path to citizenship,” Senator Alex Padilla, a California Democrat, said Wednesday. Padilla presided over a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security, in which the situation of foreigners who have served or are currently members of the Armed Forces was analyzed.

“They chose to serve to defend this country,” Padilla said. “Every year about 5,000 permanent residents join the Armed Forces, and there are about 40,000 foreign citizens on active duty.” According to the senator, almost 17% of foreigners who are members of the Armed Forces have not received US citizenship.

Immigrant contributions to the military

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“These immigrants bring special skills to our Armed Forces,” he added. “The average immigrant who joins the Armed Forces has higher levels of education and brings strategic knowledge, such as other languages.” “3% of veterans are immigrants,” Padilla continued. “But this contribution is not reflected in our immigration policy.”

“The changes introduced by the Government of (now former President) Donald Trump in the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security caused a 72% decrease in the naturalization of the military.” “Immigrant soldiers and their families deserve a path to citizenship,” concluded Padilla. “It is a matter of military necessity.”

At the service of the country

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For his part, Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said that legislation that opens a path for citizenship “is the right thing to do.” These immigrants “are excellent candidates for citizenship,” he said. Cornyn recalled that nearly two decades ago the law required that legal immigrants enlisted in the military must serve three years in order to qualify for citizenship.

“In collaboration with (the late Democratic Senator Ted) Kennedy, in 2003 we introduced a bill that shortened the term to two years and that was included in the 2004 defense budget,” he added. “We should make it easier for legal residents to receive citizenship,” Cornyn said. Sen. Tamm Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois and a former helicopter pilot in the Army, from which service she retired, wounded in combat and with the rank of Coronal Lieutenant, said that “the time has come for Congress to recognize these immigrants who have demonstrated their loyalty ”. “These men and women are proud Americans who want to become citizens of the nation whose uniform they have earned in service,” he added. EFE News

March begins in Wisconsin to give more visibility to immigrants

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Chicago (IL), Jun 20 (EFE News) .- Hundreds of people this Sunday accompanied nine activists and immigrants in the beginning of a 90-mile (145-kilometer) march in Wisconsin that aims to give greater “visibility” to the Driver’s license and citizenship claims for the undocumented. Voices of the Border They estimated around 500 people who gathered outside the headquarters of that institution, in the city of Milwaukee, to encourage walkers during the first part of the journey, to the city of Madison, the state capital.

Before leaving, there was a party with music, dance, typical Latin foods and even a vaccination post against covid-19. The walkers will travel about 10 miles a day, to arrive on Monday, June 28 at Olbrich Park in the city of Madison, where they will gather before marching in a demonstration to the building of the Capitol state.

Help for immigrants

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The organizers expect a turnout of about a thousand people that day and urge essential workers and their families to leave work and join the march. “Our families deserve to live with peace, tranquility and dignity,” declared Eduardo Perea Hernández, son of essential workers who participate in the march. “We need the president, Joe Biden, and Congress to approve a path to citizenship for the undocumented,” he claimed.

Christine Newan-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, told Efe that 30 pro-immigrant organizations have come together to sponsor the march and spread a coordinated message that draws attention to the problems of the undocumented. “If there is no pressure or visibility, there will be no changes. We have to spread the effort that we are making at the moment, ”he said.

Immigration reform

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Milwaukee city councilman José Pérez, who started the march with activists this Sunday, said that Biden and congressmen should prioritize immigration reform, which remains stagnant due to lack of support from Republicans. “It’s been 35 years since Congress passed immigration law changes, and our community has sacrificed and waited too long. We have heard too many excuses, it is time to act ”, he claimed.

Wisconsin issued driver’s licenses until 2007 without requiring a social security number or asking for immigration status, but stopped doing so when the security requirements contemplated in the law that created the Real ID, an identification with federal standards, took effect. . The reinstatement of the driver’s license would immediately benefit some 32,000 people, of which 22,000 work on farms and dairy industries, which are highly dependent on immigrant labor, they noted. EFE News

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