The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a resolution supporting a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The resolution was introduced by Council President Nury Martinez to show support for the Yes! Immigrants Moving Forward campaign, a California effort to promote federal policy giving citizenship to undocumented immigrants.
“The United States is currently operating under an antiquated and harmful immigration system that has not adapted to the needs of economic, climate and demographic realities here at home and globally,” the resolution states. “Most importantly, (it) continuously fails to recognize the full humanity and dignity of immigrants.”
The last time Congress passed a legalization program was in 1986, the resolution states.
“As we enter a new decade, when immigrant communities and their children and families, including U.S. citizens, are subject to a constant onslaught of hostility, we must move to reject this destructive framework rooted in punitive enforcement and advocate for justice and human rights,” it reads. “We must begin with legalization and reimagining a truly fair, inclusive and equitable immigration system.”
Councilman Kevin De Leon, who seconded the motion, said he thinks the U.S. government has a two-year window to pass the legislation through reconciliation while Democrats narrowly control the House, Senate and presidency.
“I think we can all agree collectively that DACA, Dreamers, that’s low-hanging fruit, that’s easy. What happens to their mothers and fathers?” he said.
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