Immigrant justice campaign launches to call on Congress to act on immigration

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The We Are Home campaign, a nationwide immigrant justice campaign that includes labor unions and other advocate groups, launched on Tuesday to urge Congress to enact legislation to address the immigration system.

The eight-figure campaign that includes digital advertising is co-chaired by Community Change, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the United Farm Workers (UFW), and United We Dream. 

We Are Home campaign director Nathaly Arriola wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to kick off the campaign and ask for legislation that creates a road map to citizenship in 2021, including provisions such as establishing citizenship for immigrant youth, Temporary Protected Status holders, and farmworkers. 

Arriola also asked for a pathway to citizenship for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic and a provision that reunites families and welcomes asylum-seekers. 

“Our mission is to transform America’s inhumane immigration system. We must undo the damage of the last four years and build a new immigration system that is fair, humane, functional, and centered in racial justice, and respects all people, regardless of race, religion, or birthplace,” Arriola wrote to Pelosi and Schumer. 

Arriola also called on the Biden-Harris administration to complement Congress’s work by building on immigration executive actions they have already announced with actions like making major cuts to detention centers by releasing people and closing facilities and providing stability for immigrants without permanent status.

More than 100 organizations are part of We Are Home, including the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, National Immigration Law Center, UndocuBlack Network and UnidosUS.

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