It is past time for Congress to act to protect longtime immigrant residents in this country and give them the opportunity to apply for U.S. Citizenship
. There are millions of immigrants in this country who have permission to live and work in the United States, such as recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, people with Temporary Protected Status, and longtime agricultural workers, and who have lived most of their lives in this country and work hard to support their families and communities here. Due to our outdated immigration system, however, they will never have the opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship in their current status, which means their future, and their ability to stay with their families in this country remains in jeopardy. This is not only unfair to these individuals, but it harms our national interest as a whole and puts a drag on our nation’s economy.
Recently, leaders in Congress committed to including legislation that would grant a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and agricultural workers in the upcoming budget process. On September 19, that plan hit a snag when the Senate Parliamentarian stated that immigration reform should not be included in the budget process. However, this is not the final word on the subject and Senate leaders have already committed to finding another way to include this critical legislation when they pass the next budget.
It is critical that South Carolina’s Congressional delegation hear from you on this important issue. Please use the template comments on the right to contact your members of Congress and tell them to fight to pass immigration reform and include a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, TPS holders, and agricultural workers in the upcoming federal budget.