WASHINGTON, DC – More than 75 artists and activists, entrepreneurs and business executives, community and grassroots organizers, and civic leaders today released an open letter to Congress with a full page ad in the Washington Post, calling for members to pass a pathway to citizenship that would protect millions of undocumented individuals, including DACA recipients, essential workers, TPS holders, and farmworkers, and to welcome our Haitian neighbors at the southern border with dignity.
The letter urges members of Congress to help America “build back better” by ensuring that millions of undocumented immigrants are able to stay safe and together with their families and in their communities. The letter highlights the countless contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make to the U.S., and urges Members to “deliver… on this once-in-a-generation opportunity” to do right by millions of American families.
Signatories include artists like America Ferrera, Dascha Polanco, Demi Lovato, Don Cheadle, Eva Longoria, Jameela Jamil, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ramy Youssef, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Stephanie Beatriz, Wilmer Valderrama, Wyclef Jean, and more than 60 others.
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Members of the 117th United States Congress,
We, the undersigned, a collective of artists and activists, entrepreneurs and business executives, community and grassroots organizers, faith and civic leaders, representing the beautiful and unique diversity of our nation, call on you to deliver a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS Holders, and Essential Workers and fight to welcome our Haitian neighbors at the southern border with dignity.
We Build Back Better as a nation when we stand with
the Dreamers and TPS holders who fight at the front-lines of this pandemic in hospitals and schools,
the farm workers who make sure we keep food on our tables,
the domestic workers who help working parents survive the pandemic,
the home-care workers who put their lives at risk everyday to keep others alive,
and our Haitian neighbors seeking protection and refuge.
We honor and recognize that while immigrants’ economic contributions are vast, they are more than work. Immigrants are our families, our communities, and contribute to our cultural vibrancy as a nation.
After decades of inaction you have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to finally get this right. We cannot wait any longer to Build Back Better by standing firmly with immigrants.
This is the year.
ANIKA NONI ROSE
JESSICA MARIE GARCIA
JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS
MONIQUE GABRIELA CURNEN
MORGAN J. FREEMAN
SAMANTHA RAMIREZ HERRERA
SARAH SOPHIE FLICKER
About the I Stand With Immigrants Initiative: The I Stand With Immigrants Initiative, powered by FWD.us, leads narrative campaigns that empower immigrants and their allies to share stories and drive action that demonstrate immigration is good for our communities, economy, and country. We do this with the goal of encouraging everyone to explore their individual heritage and celebrate both our distinct and shared experiences. For more information, visit https://www.iamanimmigrant.