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National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2021

Highlights from the Proclamation
on National Immigrant Heritage Month:

  • America is, always has been, and always will be a Nation of immigrants.
  • During National Immigrant Heritage Month, we reaffirm and draw strength from that enduring identity and celebrate the history and achievements of immigrant communities across our Nation.
  • In every era, immigrant innovators, workers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders have fortified and defended us, fed us and cared for us, advanced the limits of our thinking, and broken new ground.
  • After an especially difficult period marked by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the all-too-frequent demonization of immigrants, it is vital that our Nation reflect on the leadership, resilience, and courage shown by generations of immigrant communities, and recommit ourselves to our values as a welcoming Nation.
  • I am honored to serve alongside Vice President Harris, the first daughter of immigrants to hold the Office of the Vice President, and to work with so many dedicated public servants who are immigrants — and who carry with them every day the legacies of their families’ sacrifice and resilience.
  • Nearly 11 million people in this country are undocumented — and it is time that the Congress acts by passing the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform plan that I introduced on day one of my Presidency. 
  • My plan would provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency and citizenship for these undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, individuals with Temporary Protected Status, farm workers, and other essential workers who contribute to our Nation every day.
  • Vice President Harris and I affirm that immigrants historically have made and continue to make our Nation stronger.  I urge my fellow Americans to join us this month in celebrating immigrant heritage, stories, and cultures.

President Biden.

Read the full proclamation here.

Traducción a español

  • Estados Unidos es, siempre ha sido y siempre será una nación de inmigrantes.
  • Durante el Mes Nacional de la Herencia del Inmigrante, reafirmamos y sacamos fuerza de esa identidad perdurable y celebramos la historia y los logros de las comunidades de inmigrantes en toda nuestra nación.
  • En todas las épocas, los inmigrantes innovadores, trabajadores, empresarios y líderes comunitarios nos han fortalecido y defendido, nos han alimentado y cuidado, han avanzado los límites de nuestro pensamiento y han abierto nuevos caminos.
  • Después de un período especialmente difícil marcado tanto por la pandemia de COVID-19 como por la demonización demasiado frecuente de los inmigrantes, es vital que nuestra Nación reflexione sobre el liderazgo, la resistencia y el coraje mostrados por generaciones de comunidades de inmigrantes, y volvamos a comprometernos con nuestros valores como Nación acogedora.
  • Es un honor para mí servir junto con la vicepresidente Harris, la primera hija de inmigrantes en ocupar el cargo de vicepresidente, y trabajar con tantos servidores públicos dedicados que son inmigrantes, y que llevan consigo todos los días el legado de sus familias sacrificio y resiliencia.
  • Casi 11 millones de personas en este país son indocumentadas, y es hora de que el Congreso actúe aprobando la Ley de Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos de 2021, el plan de reforma migratoria que presenté el primer día de mi presidencia.
  • Mi plan proporcionaría un camino hacia la residencia permanente legal y la ciudadanía para estos inmigrantes indocumentados, incluidos los soñadores, las personas con estatus de protección temporal, los trabajadores agrícolas y otros trabajadores esenciales que contribuyen a nuestra nación todos los días.
  • La vicepresidenta Harris y yo afirmamos que históricamente los inmigrantes han hecho y continúan fortaleciendo a nuestra nación.
  • Insto a mis compatriotas estadounidenses a que se unan a nosotros este mes para celebrar la herencia, las historias y las culturas de los inmigrantes.

Presidente Biden


The Relief for Dreamers

House GOP Passes Immigration Bill That Would Eliminate DACA: The Relief for Dreamers

House Republicans passed a bill Wednesday that would eliminate President Barack Obama’s policy that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.The ENFORCE Act, which passed 233 to 181, goes after Obama for alleged overreach. The bill would allow Congress to sue the executive branch for allegedly failing to enforce the law, and it could lead to the dismantling of a key policy protecting some undocumented immigrants.The move was a far cry from the votes on immigration reform that Democrats want, and stood in stark contrast to the immigration principles put forward by House Republican leadership in January. While those guidelines called for young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children — often referred to as Dreamers — to receive eventual citizenship, the bill approved Wednesday could end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that keeps the same people from being deported.

The Obama administration has used prosecutorial discretion, or the decision to use limited resources to enforce some cases over others, to grant some undocumented immigrants a reprieve, while continuing a high level of deportations more broadly.

House Republicans said passing the bill was necessary because the president had shown an unwillingness to enforce the law and a desire to go around Congress, including through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

“We have seen a pattern: President Obama circumvents Congress when he doesn’t get his way,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said on the House floor in support of the bill. “But the Constitution does not confer upon the president the executive authority to disregard the separation of powers and rewrite acts of Congress based on his policy preferences.”

The Obama administration threatened to veto both bills should they come to the president’s desk, and White House spokesman Jay Carney criticized them during a press briefing, noting the contrast between the legislation and some Republicans’ stated desires to work on immigration reform.

“It is, in my view, in our view, pretty amazing that today House Republicans went in the opposite direction by passing legislation targeting the deferred action for childhood arrivals policy that removed the threat of deportation for young people brought to this country as children, known as Dreamers,” he said, adding later, “It doesn’t require much to look at what House Republicans are doing today and question whether or not they’re serious about moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform.”

“Instead of voting to fix our broken immigration system as the Senate did in June, House Republicans today voted to prevent the President from fixing the problems that are within his constitutional authority to solve,” Reid said. “These irresponsible Republican bills are dead on arrival in the Senate. I strongly support the President’s decision to protect DREAMers from deportation. Republicans should try solving problems for a change instead of blocking progress for our nation and making life more difficult for the immigrant community.”