The New Deal for New Americans Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Grace Meng (NY); Jesús García (IL), and Pramila Jayapal (WA), presents a positive, solutions-based way to leave today’s ugly politics behind us and move our nation forward. It is an aspirational vision for how the United States can build a more welcoming and inclusive society, eliminate roadblocks to citizenship for eligible residents, protect due process and grow our shared prosperity.
We are proud to stand with our members, allies and elected officials who will be introducing the New Deal for New Americans Act on Wednesday, October 30th.
What the New Deal for New Americans Act Will Do:
Eliminate Roadblocks to Citizenship for Eligible Residents
Tears down the “Second Wall” of obstacles to U.S. citizenship and voting rights that favor the privileged and wealthy. Application fees are frozen, processing backlogs reduced and naturalization is made accessible and affordable for all, including the working poor and elderly, with a $50 application fee and more generous fee waivers for all applications. Automatic voter registration is made available on a voluntary basis after the oath ceremony to newly naturalized citizens.
Foster A Welcoming and Inclusive Society
Mandates a National Office on New Americans to lead a federal immigrant and refugee inclusion and integration strategy coordinated with state and local governments and community stakeholders.
Invest in Shared Prosperity
Launches federally funded programs for English language learning and workforce development to build the skills of immigrants and refugees and prepare our diverse workforce for better jobs that support families and help grow our economy.
Strengthen Due Process
Immigrants and refugees seeking freedom and refuge would have a fair opportunity to defend their legal right to stay here by accessing comprehensive legal services, from attorneys and accredited representatives to “Community Navigators” (community leaders who support individuals through the immigration system) and “know-your-rights” education.
Champion America as a Refuge
Updates and fortifies our resettlement programs so that refugees and their families may live in dignity. Refugee admissions are raised to a minimum of 110,000.