WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading, independent editorial boards are expressing support for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) efforts to reform the nation’s broken immigration system, calling the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 “swinging for the upper deck,” “a smart, good-faith effort that deserves consideration and support,” and a “blueprint of what could amount to a major course correction” after four years of “cruelty” under President Trump.

Sen. Menendez and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 last month.  The bill represents President Biden’s bold, inclusive and humane vision for immigration reform. 

“This task will measure the limits of Biden’s political imagination, and one thing he has going for him is the right partner.  At the tip of the spear is Sen. Robert Menendez, a son of Cuban immigrants who has been working on this issue for 30 years and characterizes the bill as not only an affirmation of this country’s humanity, but as an economic imperative,” stated an editorial published Sunday in the Newark Star-Ledger. “It is the first major legislation from the Biden Administration that is not COVID-related, and he is swinging for the upper deck.  With the lives of 11 million people at stake, we hope he connects.”

The Star-Ledger Editorial Board acknowledged the often overlooked sacrifices of many immigrants who work essential jobs in the nation’s pandemic response, while recognizing both the moral and economic imperatives for reform.

It followed recent editorials published in the New York Daily News and Houston Chronicle that made similar arguments for reform.

“Democrats have introduced the blueprint of what could amount to a major course correction,” wrote the Daily News Editorial Board on Feb. 21. “Bringing some semblance of sanity, efficiency and humanity back to America’s Kafkaesque immigration system would be worthy even if there were no economic benefit.  But those benefits are many: hundreds of thousands of jobs created, billions upon billions in additional taxes collected.”
“… [T]his is a smart, good-faith effort that deserves consideration and support by a broad coalition of lawmakers,” stated a Feb. 24 editorial in the Houston Chronicle. “Through the years, Congress has let too many opportunities for reform pass by without action. This time must be different.”

A recent Quinnipiac Poll found nearly two-thirds of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Sen. Menendez formally introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 last week with 25 original Senate cosponsors.  The bill provides 11 million undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship, grows our economy, addresses root causes of migration, and effectively manages our borders.

 

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