In Queens alone, immigrants make up 47 percent of the borough’s population and more than half of its workforce. You can’t tell begin to tell the story of New York City without focusing on the impact of new Americans.
Yet the country’s president, a Queens native, is the very person endangering the lives of so many of our family, friends and neighbors.
Trump threatened deportation raids targeting up to 2,000 undocumented immigrants who have received deportation orders in 10 major cities in the United States. Last weekend, he postponed the raids for two weeks to give Congress time to work out a legislative solution.
Injecting fear in the hearts of our immigrants only harms our communities. Sending undocumented immigrants, who play a vital role in our society and economy, into the shadows will hurt not only those families, but everyone in their lives.
This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Queens with Congresswoman Grace Meng to deliver a resonant message: families belong together.
As a nation, we have not solved the issue of comprehensive immigration reform, but at least there’s a start.
Earlier this month, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would offer a path to citizenship for as many as 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, TPS and DED holders.
While it’s unlikely that the Republican-led Senate will take up the measure, they need to act now. Senator Chuck Schumer must do what he can as New York’s representative to get it passed.
We can’t wait for two weeks and then see what the president decides with the raids. Congress should act now before it gets to that point.