This statement for the record was submitted as a part of the May 12, 2021 hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety, titled The Essential Role of Immigrant Workers in America.
The statement asserts that a pathway to legalization and citizenship for all undocumented essential workers is an integral part of a comprehensive pandemic recovery plan. As documented in this statement, these individuals, a significant number of whom are Latino, have kept our nation afloat, contributing along the frontlines of essential industries during the pandemic. UnidosUS urges action to fix our system by the passage of bold legislation like the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, or through incremental measures that tackle aspects of that same vision.