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Immigration advocates, members of Congress march in D.C. to demand pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

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On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, thousands of immigration advocates from across the country marched the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand Congress includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the budget reconciliation package.  The march was part of a nationwide effort to ensure Congress invests in the care economy and green infrastructure that will help fight climate change. This comes less than 2 days after a devastating decision by the Senate Parliamentarian to not include a pathway to citizenship in the budget bill, making the march even more prominent as members of both the House and the Senate returned from August recess.  

Advocates across the country have worked tirelessly to construct a budget that would include legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants as there has not been significant immigration legislation passed in the last 35 years.  President Biden says he supports immigration legislation and promised that a pathway to citizenship would be possible. It is now time for Congress to act. Senate Democrats must continue  to present alternative solutions so the lives of millions are no longer in limbo.Voters expect  elected officials to stay true to and deliver on their promises.

The march made advocates’ message clear: Congress must deliver on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 

Led by immigration organizations, the #WelcomeBackCongress rally was 10,000 strong: 

Some members of Congress also participated in the march and reassured the public that they will continue to fight for immigration reform:

Congressman Chuy Garcia: 

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: 

Senator Menendez: 

Senator Padilla: 

Senator Schumer: 

The march would not be possible without the organizations that have been calling for a path to citizenship: 

The march demonstrated that there is power in numbers and Congress must continue to fight for immigrant rights. A pathway to citizenship is the only way forward.