Sánchez to Lead Biden-Harris Immigration Legislation in the House

January 20, 2021
Press Release
‘The Closers’ will shepherd House efforts to pass immigration overhaul


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) today announced that she will proudly lead the U.S. House of Representatives’ legislative efforts on immigration reform by introducing the Biden-Harris bill.

“We have waited entirely too long for meaningful reform to the broken immigration system that has prevented so many people and families from fully contributing to the nation they call home,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA). “On Day One of the Biden administration, we’re wasting no time. We are getting to work and we will get this done.”

In order to finally enact meaningful immigration measures that strengthen our country, our values, and our humanity, Congresswoman Sánchez also announces that she will work with a group of distinguished colleagues to shepherd immigration reform through the legislative process.

Congresswoman Sánchez continued: “When a baseball team needs to finish strong to win a game, the manager sends in their closers. And when President Biden and Speaker Pelosi want to finally deliver on immigration reform for the American people, they're sending in their closers. The Closers are a sisterhood of Members who have dedicated their careers to reforming our immigration system, and who will see this through until we win.”

The Closers include:

  • Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren
  • Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez
  • Chairwoman Judy Chu
  • Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass

“In working with President Biden, The Closers and I will: prioritize a path to citizenship for the millions of people seeking home and refuge in this country, treat our undocumented population humanely, restore family unity, and work to mitigate the root causes of migration,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “From our Dreamers, to the service workers and farmers pulling us through this pandemic, there are too many relying on this reform for us to fail. I look forward to working with President Biden as well as my House colleagues to finally make our immigration system more functional, fair, and humane.”

For the past two years as Chair of the CHC Immigration Task Force, Congresswoman Sánchez has led the process of developing immigration legislation that preserves our values, strengthens our economy and provides robust and fair protections for immigrant communities. 

Now in her tenth term in Congress, Congresswoman Sánchez has spent her career working for working people and advocating for reforms that would benefit the lives of all Americans including immigrants.