“No Thanksgiving Without Immigrants: Citizenship For My Parents”

This Wednesday, Children of Immigrants & Immigrant Families Will Deliver Homemade Thanksgiving Cards to Congressional Democrats Across WI to Urge Them Deliver Path to Citizenship This Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/23/21

What: “No Thanksgiving Without Immigrants: Citizenship For My Parents” events: Children of immigrant essential workers and families will deliver homemade Thanksgiving cards addressed to Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee this Wednesday morning. The cards and drawings are to express what citizenship means to them and ask our elected officials to reflect  on the labor of immigrant workers to bring food to our tables during thanksgiving  and honor their families by fighting for citizenship this year so their families can live free of the daily fear of separation.  

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2021 (see specific time for each city below)

Where

  • Green Bay: 9:00 a.m. at Senator Baldwin’s office, 1039 W Mason St, Ste 119
  • Madison: 10:00 a.m. at Senator Baldwin’s office, 30 W Mifflin St
  • Milwaukee: 11:00 a.m. at Congresswoman Moore’s office, 250 E. Wisconsin Ave, Ste 950
  • Livestream: These events will also be streamed via Facebook live at facebook.com/VocesdelaFronteraWI

Why: Voces de la Frontera is calling on Senator Baldwin, Congressman Kind and Congresswoman Moore to join Congressman Mark Pocan and 90 other Congressional Democrats in publicly calling for Democrats in the Senate to disregard the advisory opinion of the unelected Senate Parliamentarian and include a path to citizenship in the Senate Build Back Better reconciliation budget bill. 

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better reconciliation budget bill that failed to include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrant essential workers, Dreamers and TPS holders who’ve sacrificed their health and safety to keep us safe and fed during the pandemic. Instead, they passed only temporary work permits for an estimated  7.1 million immigrant workers and their families – the majority of whom have lived and worked in this country for more than a decade. 

President Biden and Democrats in Congress have a historic opportunity to be the first administration to pass meaningful immigration reform with a path to citizenship in over 30 years. On the campaign trail in 2020, they promised to pass a path to citizenship their first year in office and, with multiple polls showing that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum support a path to citizenship, their ability to deliver on this promise is a matter of political will.

Visuals: Handmade Thanksgiving cards from children of immigrant essential workers and signs that say “Citizenship Now!” 

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CONTACT: Anna Dvorak, 414-469-0118, anna@vdlf.org