Legislation Provides Pathways to Citizenship

by Paul R. Pace

U.S. Capitol building

NASW congratulates U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., for introducing the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 (HR 1177). The association is equally appreciative of the Biden-Harris administration for sending proposed immigration legislation—which President Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office—that serves as the foundation for this important legislation.

The act, if passed, will provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The bill also includes provisions to “fast track” a path to citizenship for agricultural workers, those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, people with temporary protected status (TPS), and others who are classified as deferred enforced departure (DED).

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