Citizenship As Coronavirus Relief

January 22, 2021

The Honorable Chuck Schumer Majority Leader
United States Senate
U.S. Capitol Building Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Majority Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi,

As the country remains mired in a public health and economic catastrophe that has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans and worsened racial and economic inequality, a primary responsibility of the Biden administration and of the 117th Congress must be to swiftly enact a long delayed comprehensive national relief package to help the country defeat the coronavirus pandemic and put the nation’s economy and struggling American families on the path to recovery.

For those efforts to be successful and for the recovery to be as bold, dynamic, inclusive, and equitable as it must be to meet the multiple challenges before us, we, the undersigned 513 national, state, and local civil and human rights, labor, racial, gender, and economic justice, LGBT, national security, faith, education, and immigrants’ rights and allied organizations call on the Senate and House of Representatives to include in such legislation permanent protection and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have long contributed to this country in myriad ways, particularly Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and those essential workers who have been on the frontlines during this pandemic and their families.

An estimated 5 million undocumented individuals—nearly 3 in 4 of all undocumented immigrants in the workforce—are working every day alongside other Americans in essential roles. They are providing health care as doctors, nurses, and home health aides, and keeping health care settings safe and open as custodians, food servers, and administrative workers. They are protecting the nation’s food security, from farms and food processing facilities all the way to grocery stores and restaurants. They are first responders, and they are teachers. And they are the backbone of the nation’s care workforce, which is itself the foundation upon which nearly everything else is built.

These workers have stepped up for our country and put their lives—and the lives of their loved ones—on the line when we needed them most and they will play an equally critical role in rebuilding our economy and our country in the years ahead. But even as undocumented workers have continued to perform essential work they have too often been treated as disposable. From being left out of most aspects of the relief packages that have been signed into law to most

recently being treated as an afterthought in some vaccine distribution plans, the country has failed to live up to what should be the most fundamental lesson of this national public health nightmare: that we can only beat this virus, and rebuild our economy, if we work together.

Last year, House Democrats recognized the important contributions and sacrifices of undocumented essential workers by including in both versions of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act a provision offering temporary protection from deportation and work authorization to these individuals. The 117th Congress can and must do better by instead offering permanent protection and a path to citizenship to all undocumented essential workers and delivering this provision to the president’s desk for his signature.

As Congress develops a governing agenda to meet the greatest challenges of our times, providing a path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers and their families should be a primary tool to protect the workers who are working to protect us and rebuild the economy in a way that advances racial and gender equity and strengthens worker justice, including by reducing people’s vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. As you assemble a recovery package, we urge you to use all necessary legislative tools to deliver meaningful relief that the country so badly needs and include permanent protection and a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, and these essential workers and their families.

Sincerely,

National

  1. A Better Balance

  2. ACCESS

  3. Advocating Opportunity

  4. African American Ministers In Action

  5. African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs

  6. African Communities Together

  7. African Public Affairs Committee

  8. Alianza Americas

  9. Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

  10. ALIENTO

  11. All Our Kin

  12. America's Voice

  13. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

  14. American Association of People with Disabilities

  15. American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

  16. American Friends Service Committee

  17. American Immigration Lawyers Association

  18. Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

  19. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

  20. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

  21. Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

22. Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
23. ASISTA
24. Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS)
25. Asylum-seekers Sponsorship Project
26. AsylumConnect
27. Athlete Ally
28. Autistic Self Advocacy Network
29. Be A Hero
30. Bend the Arc Jewish Action
31. Black Alliance for Just Immigration
32. Border Network for Human Rights
33. Brave New Films
34. Bridges Faith Initiative
35. Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities 36. Center for American Progress
37. Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
38. Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
39. Center for Popular Democracy
40. CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
41. Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
42. Children's HealthWatch
43. Church World Service
44. Clearinghouse on Women's Issues
45. Coalition for Prisoners' Rights
46. Coalition of Labor Union Women
47. Columbia Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic
48. Community Catalyst
49. Community Change Action
50. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
51. Council for Global Equality
52. Council of Administrators of Special Education
53. Daily Kos
54. Demos
55. Detention Watch Network
56. Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries
57. Doctors for America, Immigrant Health Justice Working Group
58. Earthjustice
59. EDGE Consulting Partners
60. Education Reform Now
61. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
62. Faith in Action
63. FaithAction International House
64. FAREHD(Federation des Associations Regionales Haitiennes de la Diaspora)
65. Farmworker Justice
66. FORGE, Inc.
67. Freedom Network USA

68. Futures Without Violence 69. FWD.us
70. Generation Progress
71. Girls Inc.

72. GLSEN
73. GreenLatinos
74. Haitian Bridge Alliance
75. HIAS
76. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
77. Hispanic Federation
78. Human Rights Campaign
79. Immigrant Defense Project
80. Immigration Advocates Network
81. Immigration Equality Action Fund
82. Immigration Hub
83. ImmSchools
84. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda 85. Indivisible
86. International League of Advocates
87. Japanese American Citizens League
88. Jobs With Justice
89. Justice for Migrant Women
90. Justice in Motion
91. Kids in Need of Defense
92. Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
93. Lambda Legal
94. Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
95. Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG)
96. Leadership Conference of Women Religious
97. League of United Latin American Citizens
98. League of Women Voters of the United States
99. MALDEF

  1. Marked By COVID

  2. Medical Mission Sisters

  3. Mi Familia V ota

  4. MomsRising

  5. MoveOn

  6. NAACP

  7. NARAL

  8. National

  9. National

  10. National

  11. National

  12. National

  13. National

  14. National

Pro-Choice America
Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) Association for Latino Community Asset Builders Association of Secondary School Principals
Black Justice Coalition
Center for Lesbian Rights
Council of Jewish Women

  1. National Domestic Workers Alliance

  2. National Education Association

  3. National Employment Law Project

  4. National Employment Lawyers Association

  5. National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

  6. National Farm Worker Ministry

  7. National Health Law Program

  8. National Hispanic Media Coalition

  9. National Immigrant Justice Center

  10. National Immigration Forum

  11. National Immigration Law Center

  12. National Immigration Litigation Alliance

  13. National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)

  14. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice

  15. National Latinx Psychological Association

  16. National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

  17. National Network for Arab American Communities

  18. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

  19. National Organization for Women

  20. National Partnership for New Americans

  21. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

  22. National Skills Coalition

  23. Natural Resources Defense Council

  24. Network Lobby

  25. New American Economy

  26. New American Leaders

  27. New American Leaders Action Fund

  28. Next100

  29. NMAC

  30. Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR)

  31. Oil Change U.S.

  32. Our Revolution

  33. Oxfam America

  34. People For the American Way

  35. People's Action

  36. PFLAG National

  37. Planned Parenthood Federation of America

  38. Poder Latinx

  39. Positive Women's Network-USA

  40. Presente.org

  41. Prevention Institute

  42. RAICES

  43. Resilience Force

  44. Service Employees International Union

  45. SEIU 105

  46. SEIU 32BJ

  1. Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)

  2. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team

  3. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

  4. SparkAction

  5. SPLC Action Fund

  6. Stand for Children

  7. Stand Up America

  8. Tahirih Justice Center

  9. Teach Plus

  10. The Advocates for Human Rights

  11. The Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU

  12. The Education Trust

  13. The Frontline

  14. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

  15. The Mami Chelo Foundation

  16. The National Domestic Violence Hotline

  17. The People's Bailout

  18. TIME'S UP

  19. TNTP

  20. UFW Foundation

  21. Ujima Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black

Community

  1. UltraViolet

  2. UndocuBlack Network

  3. UnidosUS

  4. Union for Reform Judaism

  5. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

  6. UNITE HERE

  7. UNITEHERE International Union

  8. United Farm Workers

  9. United We Dream

  10. URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

  11. Veterans for American Ideals

  12. Voices for Progress

  13. Walking Together

  14. Welcoming America

  15. Working Families United

  16. Workplace Fairness

  17. World Education Services

  18. World Education, Inc.

  19. Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

State and Local

  1. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

  2. Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS)

  1. ACLU People Power Fairfax

  2. Adhikaar

  3. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)

  4. Affirmations

  5. AIDS Project Rhode Island

  6. American Friends Service Committee, Colorado

  7. Americans for Immigrant Justice

  8. Apna Ghar, Inc.

  9. Arab American Association of NY

  10. Arab-American Family Support Center

  11. Arizona Dream Act Coalition

  12. Arkansas United

  13. Arlington LULAC Council 22320

  14. Asian American Arts Alliance

  15. Asian American Federation

  16. Asian Americans United

  17. Asian Community Development Corporation

  18. Asian Counseling and Referral Service

  19. Asian Law Alliance

  20. Asian Pacific Community in Action

  21. Asian Services In Action (ASIA)

  22. Austin Sanctuary Network

  23. Bay Area Asylum Support Coalition (BAASC)

  24. Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation

  25. Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP)

  26. Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center

  27. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

  28. Bridge Church

  29. Brooklyn Community Pride Center

  30. Bruno Soares of Nashua

  31. Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC

  32. California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

  33. Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

  34. CAMP Rehoboth

  35. Capital Area Private Defender Service

  36. CAPIUSA

  37. Carter Community AME Church

  38. Casa de la Cultura

  39. Casa San Jose

  40. Cascade AIDS Project

  41. Catalyst Miami

  42. Center for Community Alternatives

  43. Center for Health Progress

  44. Center for Immigrant Progress

  45. Central American Resource Center

  46. Central American Resource Center of Northern California-CARECENSF

  1. Centro de Trabajadores Unidos - IWP

  2. Centro Legal de la Raza

  3. Chinatown Manpower Project

  4. Chinese Community Center

  5. Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

  6. Christ Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

  7. Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador

  8. Citizen Action of Wisconsin

  9. Cleveland Jobs with Justice

  10. CLUE- Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice

  11. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

  12. Coalition for Immigrant Health

  13. Coalition of African Communities

  14. Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia

  15. Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

  16. Colors+

  17. Columban Mission Center

  18. Columbia Legal Services

  19. Comite TPS Massachusetts

  20. Compass Immigration Legal Services

  21. Compass LGBTQ Community Center

  22. Congregation Action Network

  23. CRECEN

  24. DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  25. Dream Project Inc.

  26. Dreamers Mothers In Action (DMIA)

  27. Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

  28. Equal Justice Center

  29. Equality California

  30. Equality Nevada

  31. Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

  32. Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

  33. Faith in Action Alabama

  34. Faith in Action Nevada

  35. Faith in Florida

  36. Faith in Indiana

  37. Faith in New Jersey

  38. Faith in New York

  39. Faith in Texas

  40. Family Action Network Movement

  41. Farmworker Association of Florida

  42. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Social Action Committee

  43. FLIC

  44. Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

  45. Florida Asian Services

  46. Florida Asian Women Alliance

  1. Florida Immigrant Coalition

  2. Forefront NYC Church

  3. For Our Future Virginia

  4. Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York

  5. GA Familias Unidas

  6. Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center

  7. Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

  8. Georgia Equality

  9. Grand Rapids Pride Center

  10. Granite State Organizing Project

  11. Greater Erie Alliance for Equality

  12. Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano

  13. Hamilton-Madison House

  14. Hanover Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns

  15. Henderson Equality Center

  16. Her Justice

  17. HIAS Pennsylvania

  18. Hispanic Family Cousneling

  19. Hometown Action

  20. HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education), Inc.

  21. Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative

  22. Houston Migrant Outreach Coalition

  23. Howard Brown Health

  24. Hudson Pride Center

  25. Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

  26. iCountNM.gov

  27. Iglesia de la Santa Cruz + Bushwick Abbey

  28. Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling

  29. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

  30. IMANI'S QUEST MINISTRIES

  31. Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

  32. Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

  33. Immigrant Rights Action

  34. Immigration Action Coalition, UUAA

  35. Indivisible Vashon Immigrant/Refugee Rights Group

  36. Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice

  37. Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective

  38. Inside Out Youth Services

  39. Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center

  40. Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice

  41. Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  42. ISLA: Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy

  43. Jefferson County Immigration Rights Advocates

  44. Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice of Western MA

  45. Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW

  46. Juntos

  1. Justice and Outreach Commission, Christ Our Light Church

  2. Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

  3. La Conexion

  4. Laredo Carnalismo Brown Berets

  5. Laredo Immigrant Alliance

  6. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

  7. Latino Community Center

  8. Latino Community Fund Inc. (LCF Georgia)

  9. Latino LinQ

  10. Legal Aid Justice Center

  11. LGBT Life Center

  12. LGBTQ Center of Bay County

  13. Life Changers Global Nation Ministries. Inc.

  14. Lighthouse Foundation

  15. Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition

  16. Los Angeles LGBT Center

  17. Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention

  18. Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition

  19. Maine People's Alliance

  20. Make the Road Nevada

  21. Make the Road New York

  22. Make the Road Pennsylvania

  23. Mano Amiga

  24. Memphis United Methodist Immigration Committee

  25. Meriden Congregational Church, UCC

  26. Migrant Center for Human Rights

  27. Ministers' Alliance Of Ulster County

  28. MinKwon Center for Community Action

  29. Minnesota Interfaith Coalition on Immigration

  30. Missouri Faith Voices

  31. Mixteca Organization, Inc.

  32. Mothers and Others, Justice and Mercy for Immigrants

  33. Motivation Motivates

  34. Movement Alliance Project

  35. National Association of Social Workers - Florida Chapter

  36. NCAP

  37. Nebraska Appleseed

  38. Neighbors Link Community Law Practice

  39. New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees

  40. New Hampshire Youth Movement

  41. New Haven Pride Center

  42. New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

  43. New Jersey Citizen Action

  44. New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

  45. New Sanctuary Coalition

  46. New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta

  1. New York Immigration Coalition

  2. Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope

  3. NM CAFe

  4. NMIC

  5. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

  6. North Carolina Justice Center

  7. North County LGBTQ Resource Center

  8. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

  9. NW Ohio Immigrant Rights Network

  10. NYC Coalition for Educational Justice

  11. NYCC

  12. Oasis Legal Services

  13. OCA South Florida Chapter

  14. Ohio Immigrant Alliance

  15. Ohio Organizing Collaborative

  16. OLA of Eastern Long Island

  17. one-n-ten

  18. OneAmerica

  19. OutCenter of Southwest Michigan

  20. OutNebraska

  21. PEER/NYPAN: Progressive East End Reformers

  22. Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

  23. PICO California

  24. Pride Center San Antonio

  25. Pride Community Center, Inc

  26. Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

  27. Prosperity Works

  28. QWELL Community Foundation

  29. Rainbow Center

  30. Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA)

  31. Reformed Church of Highland Park

  32. Resource Center

  33. RITA - Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance

  34. Sacramento Area Congregations Together

  35. Sacramento LGBT Community Center

  36. Sacred Heart Parish

  37. Safe Passage Project

  38. Sakhi for South Asian Women

  39. Sampreshan Inc

  40. San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP)

  41. Sanctuary DMV

  42. Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center

  43. Santa Isabel Lutheran Church

  44. SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

  45. School Service Employees SEIU Local 284

  46. Seattle Immigrant Rights Action Group

  1. Second Presbyterian Church

  2. SEIU - United Healthcare Workers West

  3. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

  4. SEIU Local 1

  5. SEIU Local 105

  6. SEIU Local 2015

  7. SEIU Local 26

  8. SEIU Local 500

  9. SEPA Mujer Inc.

  10. Ser Familia, Inc.

  11. Shoals Diversity Center

  12. Silver State Equality-Nevada

  13. SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network)

  14. Sisterhood of Salam Shalom Silver Spring

  15. Sisters of Mercy NH NE

  16. Sisters of St. Joseph

  17. Snohomish Immigration Advocacy

  18. South Asian Fund For Education Scholarship and Training INC

  19. South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

  20. Southwest Center

  21. St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)

  22. St. Stephan's Grace Community

  23. Stand In For Nebraska

  24. Still Waters Anti-trafficking Program

  25. Still Waters Anti-trafficking Program of RCHP-AHC

  26. Takoma Park Mobilization

  27. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

  28. Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

  29. Texas AFL-CIO

  30. Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry

  31. The Children's Partnership

  32. The DC Center for the LGBT Community

  33. The Legal Clinic, Hawai‘i

  34. The LGBTQ Center, South Bend, IN

  35. The LGBTQ Community Center of Southern Nevada

  36. The Migrant Center of New York

  37. The Montrose Center

  38. The Person Center

  39. The Pride Center at Equality Park

  40. The Source LGBT+ Center

  41. Tikkun Olam Chavurah

  42. TIRRC

  43. Together Colorado

  44. Trans Queer Pueblo

  45. Transformations CDC

  46. Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

  1. True North

  2. UCLA Labor Center

  3. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 400

  4. Unidad Latina en Acción

  5. Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH

  6. United Valley Interfaith Project

  7. UnLocal

  8. Upper Valley Jewish Community

  9. Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA)

  10. Valley Insight Meditation Society

  11. Vermont Interfaith Action

  12. Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

  13. VIDA Legal Assistance INC

  14. Virginia Civic Engagement Table

  15. Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights

  16. Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)

  17. Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

  18. V oces de la Frontera Action

  19. Volunteers of Legal Service

  20. Wallingford Indivisible

  21. Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

  22. Washington National Cathedral Sanctuary Ministry

  23. Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  24. Waves Ahead & SAGE Puerto Rico

  25. We Love BuHi, Inc.

  26. WeCount!

  27. Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center

  28. Womankind

  29. Women Employed

  30. Women Who Never Give Up, Inc

  31. Women's Law Project

  32. Woori Center

  33. Worker Justice Center of New York

  34. Workers Defense Action Fund

  35. Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

  36. Young Invincibles

 

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