MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As US senators consider President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package, a key senate official ruled they must do so without offering undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship. That includes tens of thousands of people in Tennessee. A group from Tennessee state traveled to Washington DC for a rally, urging Congress to act on immigration.
Thousands converged on the nation’s capital, hoping to compel Congress into addressing the millions of people living in the country undocumented. Many of them, known as “Dreamers,” arrived as children, like Sandra Pita, a Memphian, who fled Mexico with her parents when she was five years old.
Pita owns her own business and made the trek to DC with more than 30 others from Tennessee.
Though undocumented herself, news that the latest effort by congressional Democrats to create a pathway for Dreamers to obtain legal citizenship had failed, compelled her to act for her kids’ sake, she said in a Zoom interview from Washington.
“They need to know that they are American citizens and that their parents are going to be okay; (their parents) not going to be taken away,” she said.
And going back to Mexico, she said, is not viable.
“I’ve been here for 33 years, learning the culture, learning the language, going to school,” Pita said.
Through decades of gridlock that have kept both sides of Congress apart on the issue, Pita remained optimistic that, collectively, her voice, and those of others, will help move the needle.
“We’re just here to work and have a better life,” Pita said.
Democrats have vowed to find another way to offer legal US citizenship to undocumented immigrants.
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