September 21, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2021
Mary Tablante, Advancing Justice | AAJC, 202-604-1453
Liza Ameen, Advancing Justice | Los Angeles, 213-977-7500 x258
Niketa Kumar, Advancing Justice | ALC
James Woo, Advancing Justice | Atlanta, 404-585-8446
Kevin Hsia, Advancing Justice | Chicago, 773-271-0899 x 258
The Fight is Not Over – Asian Americans Advancing Justice Urges Confidence Despite Parliamentarian’s First Ruling on Legalization
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, the Senate Parliamentarian recommended against including in the FY 22 Budget Reconciliation Package an initial proposal for a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, essential workers, and farmworkers.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five independent Asian American civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:
“We are disappointed with this initial ruling but remain confident that alternative proposals and subsequent rulings can deliver urgent relief for millions of people and their families. The stakes are high for over 1.7 million Asian undocumented immigrants, TPS holders, and essential workers who have served on the frontlines of this ongoing pandemic and are crucial to the heart of our economy. We urge Congress to take all viable avenues to secure a roadmap to citizenship this year.
While we will continue our fight for justice, the Parliamentarian has not yet ruled on the inclusion of key provisions pertinent to Asian immigrants, such as clearing the family and employee-based visa backlogs and providing green cards to diversity visa program lottery winners who could not receive them due to the Trump Administration’s immigration bans. Moreover, the decision hints that these provisions may be in a strong position for future inclusion in reconciliation. We are eager to hear positive rulings on these provisions and will maintain our advocacy on all fronts. The fight is not over. We will continue to stand in solidarity with immigrant communities across the country until we win.”
About Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s members are: Advancing Justice | AAJC (Washington, DC), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Advancing Justice – Chicago.