Congressman Gomez Cosponsors the Bicameral U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021
Washington, February 24, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) cosponsored the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, President Biden’s plan to overhaul the American immigration system with a bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future. This bicameral legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) in the House and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate.
The U.S. Citizenship Act would provide millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants with a pathway to earned citizenship, including DREAMers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients, and essential workers who have made enormous sacrifices during the pandemic; prioritize family reunification and keeping families together; and bolster the country’s long-term economic growth. The bill would also equip the country to address root causes of migration that force people to leave Central America and restore the U.S.’ commitment to human rights.
“As the son of Mexican immigrants, my career in public service has long been focused on championing uplifting policies that recognize the dignity of our immigrant communities,” said Congressman Gomez. “For immigrants across the country, the last four years of the Trump administration have been nothing short of a living nightmare. But with the introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act, millions of hardworking individuals – including asylum seekers and DACA and TPS recipients – can now take comfort knowing a clear pathway to citizenship is finally within their grasp. I fully support this historic legislative package as it both reflects the many contributions immigrant communities have made to our nation and addresses the root causes of migration, including violence, poverty, corruption, and more. With this bill and President Biden’s leadership, my Congressional Hispanic colleagues and I are looking forward to delivering inclusive reforms that safeguard our immigrant communities, reinforce humanitarian aid, and refocus American immigration policy as a moral imperative.”
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would:
For a full text of the legislation, please click here.