Washington D.C. – Today, the US House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better Act (BBBA), sending the jobs, climate measures, social safety net and immigration measures to the United States Senate.
In response Héctor Sánchez Barba the Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota, issued the following statement:
“Today’s vote is a major step in radically transforming our economy, providing help to millions of workers, immigrants and will fight climate change – while creating jobs and lowering costs for millions.
The Latino Community is on the frontline of the current climate crisis. This is not an existential threat but a very real one for Latinos. We need action to address this now. We know that Immigrants stood with us during this pandemic, their essential, hard work kept our country going.
We are pleased to see provisions to help our immigrant familia was included in this legislation. Work permits and protection from deportation through a parole program for immigrants who have been present in the U.S. since January 1, 2011 will provide important lasting protections. This will help benefit 7.1 million undocumented immigrants across the country. This is the least we can do for now, we will continue to fight for a full pathway to citizenship.
Finally our community values family and hard work, we are pleased to see provisions that help strengthen the social safety net also make their way through to House passage. We must always endeavor to help families and workers who are struggling during this pandemic moment. We know that this is not the end, and that the Senate must move swiftly to pass the full BBBA.”
More About The Immigration Provisions In BBBA:
This program would provide access to work permits that would last for five years and the work authorization could be renewed once for another five year period.
Individuals would also be protected from deportation.
Individuals would be permitted to travel internationally.
Individuals would be eligible for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act as well as most other federal and state benefits that are available to green card holders after a five year bar.
The proposal also includes confidentiality protections as well as protections from revocation of parole by future administrations.
Individuals who entered without inspection or overstayed a visa would be eligible for parole under this proposal.
Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.