REP. JIMMY GOMEZ CALLS ON SENATE TO INCLUDE PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP IN BUILD BACK BETTER ACT
WASHINGTON – Representative Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) joined fellow Representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Lou Correa (CA-46), Jesús “Chuy'' García (IL-04), Dina Titus (NV-01), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Mark Takano (CA-41), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), and Ro Khanna (CA-17), along with several national community organizations at a press conference calling on the Senate to include a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act.
The current version of the Build Back Better Act includes provisions that would provide temporary relief to undocumented immigrants, but the proposal stops short of including a pathway to citizenship. As the Senate takes up the Build Back Better Act, Rep. Gomez and colleagues came together to advocate for a clearly defined pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country.
During the press conference, Rep. Gomez recognized the crowd of young advocates in attendance and encouraged them to continue to fight for just immigration reform.
Participating organizations included the Los Angeles county-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Make the Road New York (MRNY), Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), Make the Road Pennsylvania (MRPA), Center for Popular Democracy, Fair Immigration Reform Movement Action (FIRMA), Hamkae Center, HANA Center, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (Chicago), MinKwon Center, NAKASEC Action Fund, and Woori Center.
Rep. Gomez is the son of immigrants and an original cosponsor of the U.S. Citizenship Act, which would provide millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants with a pathway to earned citizenship, including DREAMers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients, and essential workers.
A video clip from Representative Gomez’s remarks is available here.