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Statement from Commissioner Raquel Batista on the Senate's Passage of a Budget Resolution that Includes a Pathway to Citizenship

August 12, 2021

We commend the Senate on passing a budget resolution that prioritizes family unity and community prosperity. With this budget blueprint, the Senate has recognized the integral place Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers hold in our communities. Our immigrant residents are not only our family members and neighbors but have also been indispensable in our City's fight against and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We applaud Senate Majority Leader Schumer and the entire Senate on this first step, and we call upon Congress to ensure that the broadest pathway to citizenship is included in the ultimate reconciliation bill.