The Roadmap to Freedom Resolution: Our North Star
On January 27th, 2021, six congressional representatives presented a groundbreaking immigration rights resolution to the 117th US Congress and have committed to championing immigration rights under the new Biden Administration that has made a major overhaul of our broken and cruel system a top priority. This resolution is called the Roadmap to Freedom Resolution, and it is the north star in our national immigration rights movement in 2021. You can read the resolution in its entirety and download it here.
The progressive representatives who presented this resolution to the 117th U.S. Congress are: Representative Pramila Jayapal, Representative Chuy Garcia, Representative Veronica Escobar, Representative Yvette Clarke, Representative Judy Chu and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
This resolution is the result of decades of grassroots organizing by our national network, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the largest immigrant rights network in the country, with 35 states represented. This resolution is the north star from which all legislative efforts should flow.
The introduction of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution to congress is crucial because after decades of organizing, we have a historic opportunity to advance immigration reform both as legislation, legalization of essential workers through a simple majority reconciliation bill pending in March, and inclusive pandemic relief.
Forthcoming COVID-19 Reconciliation Bills
There are two forthcoming COVID-19 reconciliation bills. Once is expected to pass in the third week of February, and the second one is expected to pass in late Spring or early Summer. Our topline demand now is to include legalization of essential workers, Dreamers, TPS holders and their families in these reconciliation bills. From a lobbying standpoint, this is strategic because these reconciliation bills do not need bi-partisanship support to pass. In other words, all we need to do is put pressure on our Democratic representatives to ensure they will vote to meet our demands. Call your Wisconsin Democratic representatives today! You can find phonebank scripts to call them here.
Biden’s Executive Orders Thus Far
We are optimistic yet grounded in our efforts that we will make historic advances for immigrant rights this year. We are optimistic because President Biden on day one rolled out several important immigration executive orders & memorandums:
- Rescinding the discriminatory Muslim and African bans
- Halting the shameful and wasteful construction of the border wall
- Reinstating enforcement priorities to focus resources only on serious national threats.
- A moratorium on pending deportations, till there is a 100 day review & recommendations
- Directing the DHS Secretary to take all steps necessary to reinstate DACA.
- Reversing Trump’s executive order to try to undercount people in the census and thus rob them of Congressional representation .
- Extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) and employment authorization for Liberians until June 30, 2022
On Inauguration day, Biden also laid out the principles for a immigration reform bill that would create legal paths that uphold the dignity and contributions of immigrants to this country.