• May 16th, 2022
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CHC Members Request Executive Actions from the Biden Administration


 

 

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with President Biden and senior White House officials on Monday, to discuss topics of critical importance to the Hispanic community and the CHC. Members shared a slate of executive actions on infrastructure, environmental justice, immigration, education, and healthcare.

 

Proposed executive actions on immigration reflect the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ “all of the above and every which way” approach to building a more humane and fair immigration system in the United States. They aim to unleash the nation’s economic potential by meeting labor needs, keeping families together, and improving border efficiencies.

 

“I made clear to the President and his team that in order to follow through on a promise to create a just and humane immigration system – Title 42 must end on May 23rd and they should be clear that they do not support legislation to extend the end-date.”
Nanette Barragán, CHC Deputy Chair

 

The requests also included executive actions in four additional policy issue areas such as the equitable implementation of the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law; securing environmental justice protections for frontline communities; supporting Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Hispanic students; and improving access to healthcare for all.

 

“As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I thank President Biden and Vice President Harris for their continued partnership to meet the CHC’s legislative goals and priorities. Today’s discussion on the CHC’s proposed executive actions underscores how our continued partnership has and will continue to deliver results for Hispanic communities. We look forward to working with the Administration to roll out this slate of executive actions on immigration, infrastructure, environmental justice, Hispanic students, and health care that will help boost our economy, keep families together, and help our communities thrive,” said Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz. 

 

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) provided the executive action requests to President Biden and White House officials in a letter.

 

“I made clear to the President and his team that in order to follow through on a promise to create a just and humane immigration system – Title 42 must end on May 23rd and they should be clear that they do not support legislation to extend the end-date. Title 42 is a public health authority used to protect against the spread of communicable disease, not an immigration authority or border policy to control the flow of migrants at our Southern border and strip them of their legal right to claim asylum. The pandemic transmission rates have greatly slowed, there are adequate testing and quarantine protocols that work and readily available vaccines. We must work to address the real issues, root causes of migration, border efficiency, legal pathways to citizenship, and update our outdated immigration laws through immigration reform to address cyclical migration patterns. CHC stands ready to work with the President and his Administration to provide whatever additional resources and support are necessary to handle an increase in migration,” said CHC Deputy Chair Nanette Barragán.

 

“We had a productive conversation with President Biden and senior White House staff about delivering for Hispanic communities and nuestra gente across the country. We have an opportunity to create economic opportunities for struggling families, keep families together, uphold the dignity of every person, and ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in América. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and President Biden on that shared vision for our gente,” said CHC Vice Chair of Communications Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández.

 

 

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