Undocumented immigrants working as essential workers, including those in long-term care facilities and those working in home and community services, would be eligible for a citizenship pathway under new legislation proposed at the House and the Senate.
The bicameral proposition, the Citizenship Act for essential workers, S. 747 and HR 1909, propose that these workers obtain permanent resident status. The new legislation aims to provide a “fair, safe and accessible” path to US citizenship for more than 5 million essential immigrant workers. Of the 5 million, approximately 1 million would be defined as “dreamers” who hold deferred action status for child arrivals. The other 4 million essential undocumented workers largely lack deportation protection, meaning a worker could be considered essential today but could be deported tomorrow, according to a Article on LeadingAge posted Monday.
Twenty-two Democrats, led by Reps Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and the Senses. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to President Joseph Biden last month, urging him to prioritize including this legislation in his infrastructure package. Many of these lawmakers fear losing control of Congress in the 2022 midterm election and fear the Supreme Court will overturn former President Barack Obama’s protections for dreamers.
âEssential workers are American heroes – and they have obtained American citizenship. For over a year, we’ve all seen America’s critical infrastructure crumble without millions of hard-working immigrants, âCastro said. âIn fact, the US Department of Homeland Security considered essential workers to be part of our country’s critical infrastructure. Citizenship for essential workers should be part of President Biden’s legislative initiative on jobs and infrastructure. ”