Reps. Meng, Jayapal and Garcia, joined by immigration advocacy organizations, to unveil New Americans Act, sweeping legislation to strengthen support for immigrants and refugees
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, October 30 at noon, to announce the introduction of bold legislation that would ensure a more inclusive and welcoming system to help new Americans achieve their American Dream.
New Americans Act
While the Trump Administration continues to push an anti-immigrant agenda, the “New Deal for New Americans Act” would bring positive solutions including the establishment of a National Office on New Americans to support immigrants and refugees in the U.S. It would create grant programs for organizations to provide immigration legal services, English language learning, and workforce training initiatives. The bill would also eliminate obstacles, such as financial barriers and English language requirements for certain age groups, to obtaining U.S. citizenship. The measure would also create a system that registers newly naturalized individuals to vote. In addition, it would amend current law to no longer allow deportation of an individual deemed to be a public charge.
The lawmakers will be joined by numerous immigration advocates who will speak about the importance of investing in proactive, workable, and humane solutions to support immigrants and refugees. The legislation is endorsed by 62 immigration organizations and two cities.
WHAT: Press conference to announce the introduction of the New Deal for New Americans Act.
WHO: Reps. Grace Meng (NY), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Jesus “Chuy” García (IL) and Steve Choi (NYIC, NPNA Co-Chair), Eva Millona (MIRA, NPNA Co-Chair), Gustavo Torres (CASA, NPNA Board member) and Basma Alawee (FLIC and We Are All America)
WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: House Triangle located on the House side of the Capitol's East Front.
VISUALS: U.S. Capitol in the background, advocates-speakers, and signs highlighting the legislation and issue.
LIVESTREAM LINK: https://www.facebook.com/repgracemeng/