The Trump Administration took our long-failed immigration system and weaponized it. We must go further than undoing their cruelty and transform our immigration system. The pathway to rebuilding a more prosperous country for everyone, must start by creating the ability for the 11 million undocumented immigrants to become citizens.

A number of bills introduced in Congress aim to do this.

The House recently passed two bipartisan pieces of legislation, the Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, aimed at building a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and undocumented farmworkers.

In the Senate, the bipartisan Dream Act of 2021 would establish a process for Dreamers to apply for conditional status and ultimately become citizens, and the SECURE Act would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. In addition, it still remains critical that we build a pathway to citizenship specifically for the 5 million essential, frontline workers who have been risking their lives and health to keep us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though these bills are a welcome and much-needed start, Congress must pass a pathway to legalization for all essential workers, DACA, and TPS holders, and all 11 million immigrants in the United States. Sign up to learn more.