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Harlem Rep. Espaillat, Castro, Senator Padilla Introduce Landmark Bill To Remove Barriers To Citizenship

October 8, 2021

Today, Representatives Adriano Espaillat, Joaquin Castro and Senator Alex Padilla announced the introduction of the Fair Adjudications for Immigrants Act. The bill would ensure immigrants with past criminal convictions that have been adjudicated, pardoned, or suspended by the sentencing court, have access to a path to naturalization and will no longer be at risk for removal. “Our immigration system is broken. And for far too long, our nation’s immigrants have been unjustly denied a legal pathway to citizenship and still face deportation due to criminal convictions that have been pardoned, adjudicated, or suspended. This is unfair, unjust, and unacceptable,” said Congressman Espaillat. “No one deserves to be ostracized for their troubled past or a conviction that’s been thrown out – and no one should be denied their chance at the American Dream because of it either. It’s my hope that by passing this bill, we can begin to rebuild this country’s immigration system from the ground up, making it more equitable and accessible for all who call this nation home.”