This week, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA 38) launched the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a bicameral piece of laws that displays the Biden-Harris administration’s proposed immigration reform insurance policies. The Act creates pathways for citizenship for many individuals who’ve been in want of immigration reduction for many years and addresses long-term points in family-based immigration and the backlogged immigration court docket system.
“Because of the tireless organizing efforts of Black, brown, and immigrant communities, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 lays a path to supply immigration reduction to people who find themselves a part of the material of our communities and are in search of refuge and alternative in the USA. Via Senator Menendez’s management, this invoice begins to deal with a number of the most dehumanizing facets of the immigration system, together with a court docket course of that’s stacked in opposition to immigrants in deportation hearings, the place the federal government is at all times represented by a talented prosecutor in search of their deportations however often immigrants are usually not capable of afford efficient authorized protection. This invoice lays the groundwork for offering expanded entry to counsel,” stated Kica Matos, Vice President, Vera Institute of Justice. “We hope that is solely the start of a push towards reworking our immigration adjudicatory system, and that coverage makers will seize the chance to comprehend a proper to zealous, person-centered illustration to be able to guarantee equitable entry rights and advantages underneath our legal guidelines. Vera likewise seems to be ahead to additional alternatives to deal with the pernicious and punitive mass incarceration system that forestalls so many immigrants subjected to “civil” detention from reaching a profitable final result of their instances. Vera notes that racial justice calls for a radical examination of the style by which bars to eligibility might disproportionately influence Black and brown immigrant communities drawn into the felony authorized system as a result of over-policing.”