Script Hi, My name is _______, and I am calling to urge the Senator to only support the budget reconciliation package if it includes a path to citizenship. With the courts partially ending DACA and exposing DACA recipients to deportation, you must lead and deliver citizenship for our communities. I urge the Senator to support adding citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders, and essential workers to the next reconciliation package.
Congress and your office must pursue every possible avenue to deliver protections for our communities. The urgency of this moment cannot be understated. With Farm workers risking their lives to keep our communities fed during COVID-19 and DACA currently at risk in the courts, delivering on a pathway to citizenship for millions in our communities right now is long overdue. We urge you to add citizenship to the reconciliation package.
✍️ SIGN THE PETITION TO EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATOR ✍️
Email Members of Congress who already support adding citizenship on reconciliation. Find the list of legislators and template of an email you can use here from the We Are Home Coalition.
For legislators not listed above, the ask would be for them to support adding citizenship on reconciliation. Here’s an email template you can use for those lawmakers:
Subject line: You must take action on citizenship for immigrant communities
My name is _______, I’m your constituency and have lived in ______ for ___ years. I am writing to urge you to support adding a pathway for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers to the budget reconciliation package that was proposed last week.
[add some thoughts on why this is personally important to you or you can include this paragraph] Undocumented people have been denied basic human rights simply because of their immigration status. Denying undocumented communities a pathway citizenship is holding us back from having a thriving society where everyone is valued.
The urgency of this moment cannot be understated. With Farm workers risking their lives to keep our communities fed during COVID-19 and DACA being attacked in the courts, delivering on a pathway to citizenship for our communities right now is long overdue. We urge you to add citizenship to the reconciliation package. With lives on the line, there is absolutely no justification in delaying passage of these bills and providing critical relief to millions of immigrants right now.
[Include some stats on why this is beneficial (pick some of the below - you don't have to include all of them! Its better if each email that the Senator gets is a little different]
The Center for American Progress estimates that five million undocumented immigrants, including 202,500 DACA recipients and 131,000 TPS holders, are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, serving in jobs deemed “essential” to the proper functioning of the nation and our economy.
In fact, more than two-thirds of all undocumented immigrant workers serve in frontline jobs in essential industries - healthcare, home care, transportation, agriculture, food production, construction and other industries.
According to the Center for American Progress, providing a pathway to citizenship for Immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers would boost GDP by a cumulative total of $1.5 trillion over 10 years.
A report by FWD.us finds that “many states stand to increase their GDP by several billion dollars if undocumented immigrants were provided a pathway to citizenship. Similarly, most Congressional districts would stand to grow their economies by hundreds of millions of dollars.” The report estimates that undocumented immigrants would contribute an added $149 billion of spending power each year to the U.S. economy if they were U.S. citizens. According to New American Economy, immigrants keep America moving forward by allowing an influx of tax dollars, totaling approximately $500 billion annually.
Citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers and essential workers has overwhelming bipartisan public support—including from majorities of independents and Republicans. According to a Quinnipiac poll, 83% of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth. According to a recent PRRI poll, 64% of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for ALL undocumented people. The majority of voters (55%) also said they would be less likely to vote for a Senator who votes against citizenship bills.
The Senate has included immigration reform in reconciliation before.In 2005, the Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan reconciliation bill that dramatically increased the number of immigrant green cards. The budget reconciliation process has been used multiple times throughout history for major legislation including health care reform and tax legislation.
[close and re-state your ask] Our country is at our best when we live by our values of compassion, dignity and respect. Now is the time for our nation to implement humane infrastructure and policies that protect all immigrants and welcome people in a safe and dignified way.
I urge you to support adding a pathway for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers to the budget reconciliation package that was proposed last week.
Thank you, [Signature]
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