Welcome With Dignity Statement on Asylum Provisions in the Reconciliation Package

Washington, DC― The #WelcomeWithDignity campaign supports the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS and DED recipients, farmworkers, and other essential workers in the Fiscal Year 2022 reconciliation package without harmful tradeoffs targeting border communities and people seeking asylum. We urge Congress to stand firm against any amendments that would prolong immigration detention, roll back protections for unaccompanied migrant children, criminalize immigration, or suggest that immigrants are responsible for the spread of COVID-19. The economic benefits of extending citizenship to millions are enormous. With the support of the White House and the majority of the American public, Congress has the opportunity to pass clean immigration legislation that will transform lives and our nation’s economic recovery. 

Melina Roche, Campaign Manager for the #WelcomeWithDignity campaign said: 

“For decades, millions of people contributing to and building our communities have waited for Congress to finally take action and deliver on their promise of safety and welcome. #WelcomeWithDignity is confident that Congress will pass legislation that puts millions on a pathway to citizenship without limiting people’s right to seek asylum, building physical or technological walls at the border, or forcing people into detention.” 

The #WelcomeWithDignity campaign brings together more than 80 organizations, activists, asylum-seekers, advocates, and our community to transform how the United States receives and protects people forced to flee their homes to ensure they are treated humanely and fairly. To build a more just and truly humanitarian system, we must reject the xenophobia and racism that motivated dangerous policies in the past.