Thousands of immigrant workers and their families rallied in the capital on Thursday to demand that Congress include a pathway to citizenship in the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” plan. The Senate parliamentarian advised against including immigration reform in the budget reconciliation bill – a decision that affects millions of immigrants, in New York and across the country.
Make the Road New York, the organization leading the #FundExcludedWorkers coalition in which TCWC is involved, was one of the many organizations to attend. Its media specialist, Yatziri Tovar, said a path to citizenship is essential to help communities recover – not only from COVID, but major weather events such as Hurricane Ida.
Tovar said New Yorkers who were not eligible for, and did not receive, unemployment benefits or COVID-19 income relief could apply for the state’s new Excluded Workers Fund. It’s expected that congressional Democrats will announce another plan to address the citizenship issue in the near future.