October 22, 2021

Congressman Neguse Urges Senate to Disregard Parliamentarian on Providing Pathway to Citizenship

Washington D.C.– Today, Congressman Joe Neguse joined Congressman Luis Correa and 42 of his colleagues in a letter urging the Senate to disregard the advisory opinion of the Senate Parliamentarian on immigration and consider the budgetary impact that providing a pathway to citizenship for 8 million people would have. The letter follows recent rulings from the Senate Parliamentarian that have dismissed the budgetary implications of this proposal and their ability to be included in the upcoming reconciliation package. 

“In denying any possible pathway to citizenship or lawful permanent resident (LPRs) status, the Parliamentarian, an unelected official, is denying the economic impact of such legislation and the tributes that millions of undocumented individuals have paid to this country,” writes Neguse and the other lawmakers. 

Read the letter HERE. 

Over the course of the pandemic, an estimated 5.2 million undocumented immigrants have been deemed ‘essential workers’ and have played vital roles in the country’s pandemic survival. Some estimates predict that providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers, and other undocumented essential workers boost U.S. Gross Domestic Product by more than $1 trillion and create hundreds of thousands of jobs over 10 years.

Congressman Neguse helped secure a pathway to citizenship as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s portion of the reconciliation bill.