WASHINGTON — The following is a statement from Naureen Shah, senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, regarding the immigration provisions included in the Build Back Better package the House passed today:
“Senate leadership needs to act urgently to ensure passage of the strongest possible legal protections for our loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers who came to the U.S. as immigrants.
“If Congress does not pass immigration reform measures this year, millions of people will be forced to continue to live in fear of deportation. People who’ve built lives, homes, families in our communities and contribute to our country should have full legal protections.
“Even as they’ve served as essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, their undocumented status has made them vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation by employers refusing to pay their wages and respect their rights as workers. Congress has a clear mandate to finally deliver legal protections for these individuals.”