DENVER, CO – FWD.us Colorado State Immigration Director Marissa Molina issued the following statement today following President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:
“As a Dreamer myself, it was encouraging and relieving to hear President Biden renew his commitment to providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants during his Joint Address. But his words only have an impact if Congress acts. The past few years have been riddled with uncertainty and anxiety due to congressional inaction, despite overwhelming bipartisan support and calls for immigration reform, leaving Dreamers and other undocumented individuals like myself left to live in fear and in jeopardy of being separated from our families and communities.
“Poll after poll has shown the majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship, but we need Congress to act to make it a reality. As DACA remains under threat of termination from an upcoming federal court decision, more than 5.2 million undocumented essential workers serve on the frontlines of the pandemic, and as families are at risk of separation, passage of immigration reform legislation could not be more urgent. Coloradans, and all Americans, are relying on our congressional leaders to enact solutions that uplift everyone in our communities without leaving anyone behind, including immigrants. Passing legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals is the moral and right thing to do for our communities, economy, and all Coloradans. It would mean families like mine can stay together, that immigrant essential workers can continue contributing their skills and talents as nurses and teachers, that our economy can grow, and that Colorado communities can thrive.”