Immigrants watch from around Tampa Bay as Congress debates their future

By Juan Carlos Chavez

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Comprehensive change like the Citizenship Act is long overdue but less than what many advocates had hoped for, said Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that advocates for low-income people.

“While the bill corrects some errors of the past, we are disappointed to see that most individuals on the path to citizenship would be forced to wait at least a decade to access critical benefits, including health care,” Golden said.

 

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