Miami, (EFE) – Leaders of the pro-immigrant movement agreed with the words of President Joe Biden in his speech in a joint session of Congress.
Biden, demanded the approval of laws that provide a path to citizenship to about 11 million undocumented people who are estimated to live in the country.
Biden promised to fight to reform the immigration system described by all as «broken.»
Also, the President urged legislators to approve a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), mostly Latin Americans.
Greisa Martínez Rosas, executive director of the largest group of «dreamers» in the country, United We Dream, asked Biden and the Democrats to seize the «critical opportunity» to create a path to citizenship with a «51-vote strategy.»
In other words, looking for an alternative to avoid the filibuster rule in the Senate.
This is a delaying tactic whereby the opposition of a single Republican may require the support of at least 60 votes.
Ten more than Democrats count.
And that could be done if Democrats advocate removing this obstructionist rule.
As well as if they bet on including these migratory measures in a budget conciliation process, which would allow their approval by a simple majority.
«Citizenship is a relief and we will not settle for less,» said Martinez Rosas, who rejected the idea that Republicans «take them hostage» again in their political game.
In this sense, from the National Center for Immigration Law (NILC), its executive director, Marielena Hincapié, urged Congress to take “courageous and daring actions” and approve the current bills.
The House of Representatives has already passed two bills that would give citizenship to “dreamers,” TPS holders and undocumented farm workers.
Although they face an uncertain future in the Senate, where Democrats are also trying to garner support for the comprehensive immigration plan sponsored by Biden.
The president himself was willing that, if his plan is not viable due to Republican rejection, Congress approves these two bills, which are supposed to have more conservative support.
Just in case, and to prevent Republicans from «getting in the way», Hincapié asked to take advantage of «all available opportunities.»
Well, these «times demand moral imagination and courageous leadership», especially when the polls are in favor of legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants.
The pro-immigrant group led by heads of the country’s large technology companies, FWD.us highlighted that, according to various polls, between 66 and 75% of Americans are in favor of offering a path to citizenship to the undocumented.
After listening to Biden, the president of FWD.us, Todd Schulte, considered that this «can and should be the time to act.»
Schulte said that Congress must pass laws that give the undocumented a path to citizenship.
The executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Arturo Vargas, assured that immigration processes must be “modernized”.
And also provide a «reasonable» path to citizenship for immigrants.
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