Rep. Deutch Reaffirms Support for a Pathway to Citizenship
Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued this statement expressing his disappointment in the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision on the pathway to citizenship:
"Millions of people in our country—including DREAMers and DACA recipients; healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response; farm, food distribution, and restaurant workers who keep our communities fed—millions of people who hold important and necessary jobs in this country have been waiting in limbo, without a pathway to citizenship. Ensuring that immigrant workers are able to fully contribute and grow the American economy is a critical step in America’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
"While I am disappointed in the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision to not permit a pathway to citizenship in the budget reconciliation bill, I have been, and will continue to be, a strong supporter of proposals that will provide a pathway to citizenship for millions who call America home. Immigrant essential workers took care of us on the front lines over the last year and a half. Thousands of them lost their lives doing so. A pathway to citizenship is a critical way for us to move forward as a nation and to build a more just and inclusive economy. I will not stop fighting, and I will work with my Senate colleagues to explore using every tool at our disposal to make a pathway to citizenship a reality."