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Press Release

Statement from Commissioner Raquel Batista on Pathway to Citizenship

October 20, 2021

New York City has always recognized our undocumented immigrant residents--including Dreamers, TPS holders, and others--as integral members of our vibrant community. Over the past year and a half, COVID-19 reminded us all how much we rely on our immigrant neighbors, who served disproportionately on the frontlines of the crisis as essential workers. The work of properly recognizing and honoring this community is more important than ever. We urge Congressional leaders to pursue all available options to deliver lasting protections, including a pathway to citizenship, to our immigrant community.