HomeLocal governmentPoe asks Democrat leadership to prioritize citizenship for “undocumented immigrants”
Poe asks Democrat leadership to prioritize citizenship for “undocumented immigrants”
August 21, 2021
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe signed a letter along with 83 other mayors on July 26, 2021, that asked President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “prioritize the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, essential workers, and their families in any economic recovery legislation including through budget reconciliation.”
The letter goes on to say that granting citizenship to these classes “is vital… to secure the health of our nation and to lay the foundation for an equitable economic recovery for all communities across the country… The only way we can truly Build Back Better is to ensure that Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers are included in any economic recovery legislation including through budget reconciliation.”
Poe also signed a second letter on August 3, along with 178 bipartisan mayors, urging the same leaders “to take whatever action is necessary and possible immediately” to “provide permanent protection from deportation and a path to citizenship for all Dreamers.”
The first letter does not list any organization but simply the 84 names and cities; the second letter is from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, “the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.” The “non-partisan” organization states that its advocacy role is to “examine and act on issues that demand special attention, such as immigration reform, automation, climate change, and rebuilding infrastructure.”
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