Demand A Path For Citizenship For Essential Workers

Demand A Path For Citizenship For Essential Workers

February 2, 2022
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Why this petition matters

Started by Rania Fezzani

On his Presidential Campaign, President Joe Biden made big promises of "Immigration Reform" but has yet to deliver on this promise. Many of the US Citizens that voted for him, hoped -among other things- that their immigrant or undocumented parents, siblings, friends and loved ones would have a chance to become Tax-paying citizens and stop fearing deportation. 

Last year, President Biden announced his U.S. Citizenship Act Immigration Reform Bill giving hope to over 9 million undocumented people living in the US and to this day, Senate Parliamentarian continue to object to any immigration reform. The Math is easy, this path could inject close to 1.5 Trillion into the US economy and instead of prioritizing those who have been living here, they are expanding unused visas and green cards while the Immigration courts and USCIS are backlogged by a staggering 1.6 million, and 3 million cases respectively. 

This is a nation of immigrants, it has always been so, just take a look at the US Census Bureau data from 2020. The time to act is NOW! 

If you believe that immigrants who have contributed to the economy for years, and more so during the Covid-19 pandemic deserve a legal path to become tax-paying citizens, please sign and share this petition and DEMAND action fro CONGRESS.

"Introduced in House (03/16/2021)
Citizenship for Essential Workers Act

This bill establishes a mechanism for eligible aliens who worked as essential workers during the declared COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) public health emergency to apply for and obtain permanent resident status. The bill also narrows certain grounds for deportability and inadmissibility.

To be eligible for permanent resident status under this bill, an alien must have earned income at any point during the COVID-19 emergency period doing work deemed essential by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or a state or local government. An alien may also be eligible if that alien is a parent, spouse, or child of (1) an eligible alien who died from COVID-19, or (2) a member of the Armed Forces. Certain aliens shall be ineligible, such as an alien who was a refugee on January 1, 2021.

To obtain permanent resident status under this bill, an applying alien must satisfy additional requirements, including by passing a background check.

Furthermore, the bill repeals provisions providing for three-year bars and permanent bars to admission into the United States. (Generally, these bars apply to aliens who were previously removed or unlawfully present in the United States.)

The bill also narrows the scope of certain crime-based grounds for inadmissibility or deportability, such as by redefining the term conviction to exclude expunged convictions.

The Department of Justice or DHS may waive certain grounds of inadmissibility or deportability (1) for humanitarian purposes, (2) to ensure family unity, or (3) for the public interest."

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