- Jorge Ramos explains who qualifies for their ‘papers’ if immigration reform is approved
- Hispanic journalist spoke about immigrants and the path to citizenship
- In addition, he spoke about the recent laws passed by Congress
The journalist Hispanic and host of the Univision program “Al Punto”, Jorge Ramos explains who qualifies for their ‘roles’ if immigration reform that President Joe Biden promised during his campaign to give millions of immigrants a path to citizenship is passed.
Ramos began by clarifying that the recent provisions recently passed by the House of Representatives are not complete immigration reform, but the laws would help millions of dreamers, TPS recipients, and farm workers.
Hispanic Journalist Points to Who Qualifies for Citizenship
The presenter Jorge Ramos, interviewed Cristina Jiménez, co-founder of “UNITED WE DREAM “, the first and largest organization led by young immigrants in the nation, according to its official Twitter account, on the projects that have reached the Congress.
The Hispanic activist said that the US Promise and Dream Act “creates a path to citizenship for people who have TPS as well for undocumented youth who have DACA,” and noted that there could be more beneficiaries than those already mentioned.
What other immigrants would benefit?
Cristina Jiménez assured that other dreamers who could not apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Wounds (DACA) program “also qualify”, within the new law that ‘revived’ in Congress after a pause in the works of the Immigration Reform.
“It is a very expansive version, compared to other legislation,” the activist told Jorge Ramos about the law that would grant ‘papers’ to millions of immigrants. Then, Cristina Jiménez explained to the Hispanic presenter the “Law for the Modernization of the Agricultural Workforce”.
Jorge Ramos explains that agricultural workers could receive their papers
“We also have a new proposal that has historically passed in the House of Representatives,” the Hispanic activist told Jorge Ramos about the ‘new’ path to papers for millions of immigrant farmworkers living in the United States.
“All these workers in agriculture … the many who are undocumented could now apply for citizenship if this becomes a law,” said Cristina Jiménez. The two laws to grant papers to immigrants would now face the Senate.
How many immigrants will benefit?
Next, the journalist Jorge Ramos asked how many immigrants would get their papers if these two laws were passed in the United States Senate. “We are talking about more than 4 million people,” said the co-founder of “UNITED WE DREAM”.
“Young people with DACA, without DACA, Tepesians, and also farm workers” are the ones who qualify for the roles that these two laws would grant, which would first have to ‘survive’ the Senate, Cristina Jiménez explained to Jorge Ramos.
What is missing for immigrants to obtain their papers?
Later, Jorge Ramos questioned the activist about what is “missing” for immigrants to obtain their papers. “I do not know where they are going to get ten votes from the Republicans to reach 60,” said the Hispanic journalist. And it is that an immigration reform would need this number of votes in the Senate to ‘overcome’ the obstructionism.
“What is the strategy now?” Ramos asked Cristina Jiménez, who replied: “There are two important things when we talk about strategy: number one, we have to recognize the power of the migrant movement,” said the Hispanic.
Could the ‘Power’ of immigrants pass immigration reform?
“The migrant movement and justice for our communities has won, this vote that is historic in the House of Representatives … we have done a job of more than 20 years to get to this moment,” said Cristina Jiménez and later assure that “that is the power we have to celebrate ”.
He then continued talking about the possible route to follow to obtain the approval of the law that would grant their roles to millions of immigrants. The activist and co-founder of “UNITED WE DREAM” revealed the strategy to follow with the Republicans.
“We cannot count on Republicans”
“We know that the Republicans have not been a pro-immigrant party, we saw that they did not even vote in support of the economic relief and COVID-19 that was just approved in Congress,” said Cristina Jiménez in an interview with Jorge Ramos for the Al Punto program. .
“It is no secret, in Washington, and outside of Washington that we cannot count on Republicans to be able to win citizenship for our community,” he added and said he hoped that “President Biden and the Democrats in particular are pursuing a strategy that is 50 votes, which can be done in the same way that the economic relief was approved.
‘Trick’ that Biden could use to pass immigration reform
“I know that the Biden administration and Congress are going to be working on an infrastructure package in the coming weeks, so that would be the most strategic opportunity that would lead us to gain citizenship for our communities,” said Cristina Jiménez.
The ‘trick’ or strategy proposed by Jiménez is based on a legislative tool that allowed the approval of the American Rescue plan that granted thousands of checks for coronavirus of up to $ 1,400 dollars, with 50 votes in the Senate, all of them Democrats.
“We must learn from mistakes”
“Are you assuming that you are not going to count on Republicans?” Jorge Ramos questioned about the laws to grant papers to immigrants, to which the Hispanic activist replied: “That’s right, we have to learn from the mistakes he made the administration of President Obama ”.
“President Obama always wanted to work with Republicans, that’s why he deported millions of people in records under his administration, because he thought that the more deportations the Republicans were going to come to the negotiating table,” said Jiménez.
“We have already learned”
“That never happened, it was completely a lost strategy,” the Hispanic activist assured Jorge Ramos about the term of President Barak Obama, which recorded thousands of deportations on the southern border of the United States.
To conclude, Jorge Ramos said goodbye to the activist wishing “that hopefully this time, the story will be different”, when talking about the laws to grant citizenship and papers to millions of immigrants who have been waiting for ‘years’ for legislation such as immigration reform.
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