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Recap of What Biden Said on Immigration During First Joint Session of Congress

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President Joe Biden stood firm as the nation’s leader last  night during his first joint session of Congress. He spoke about combating the COVID-19 pandemic, urged Americans to get vaccinated, and shared his plans on healthcare, foreign policy, gun control, police brutality, jobs, infrastructure, and immigration. As predicted, President Biden used this joint session of Congress as an opportunity to push members of Congress to pass legislation with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 

Here are some of our favorite moments of the night:

He started off by recognizing that immigration is essential to America:

He also acknowledged that the U.S. is long overdue for immigration reform: 

Biden commended the contributions of immigrants during the pandemic and throughout our history: 

He also recognized that nothing has been done to address immigration for 30 years: 

It is time to pass immigration reform that will ensure the protections of thousands of people who are already part of our communities: 

For some immigration advocates, it was the first time they heard a president of the United States call for protections for TPS holders: 

Biden also stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of migration:

After Biden’s speech, the Republican response was as predicted, filled with their same strategic racist frame:


All this to say, we have a lot to look forward to in the next 4 years. Undoing Trump’s cruel and ineffective deterrence policies won’t be easy, but Biden reassured the American public that together, we will make strides to a future that is more inclusive.