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January 20, 2021

HACU statement on President Biden’s newly introduced immigration bill: the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) commends President Biden for sending the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, to Congress on the first day of his Administration. This action demonstrates a deep commitment to resolving the need to provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million Americans without documentation.

HACU has been a longstanding champion for immigration reform, including the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, first introduced in 2001, which would regularize the situation of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and offer a path to eventual citizenship. Numerous polls indicate that the vast majority of Americans sympathize with the plight of the DREAMers and support legislation that would allow them to remain legally in the U.S. 

“We are thrilled that the Administration has chosen a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of entire families in obtaining access to a pathway to citizenship,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “HACU is committed to working with the Administration and advocating on the Hill for the passage of this long overdue legislation.”

HACU urges Congress to act swiftly to send a comprehensive immigration reform package to the President for his signature.