“President Biden, Reunite My Family”: Mixed-Status Michigan Families and Business Leaders Unite in Lansing
Lansing, Michigan - This October 10th, local Michigan families will come together with the American Business Immigration Coalition, American Families United, and local elected officials to send a message to President Biden: Let us work, and help keep our families together.
Last month, President Biden announced that work permits would be given to 500,000 Venezuelan immigrants living in the United States. Last week, Congressional leaders called on the President to take the next step and do right by all mixed-status families, and immigrants from all over the world. A bipartisan set of governors including Republican Governors Spencer Cox of Utah and Eric Holcomb of Indiana, and Democrats JB Pritzker of Illinois and Kathy Hochul of New York, have also taken up the cause: urging the President to expand workforce authorization to long-term immigrant contributors as well as new arrivals. Michigan families are ready to add their voices to this call for action.
On the 10th at the Farm Bureau office in Lansing, advocates will highlight the need for administrative relief for the 2.1 million U.S. citizens who are spouses of undocumented immigrants. 46,200 of these U.S. citizens reside in Michigan – alongside parents, siblings, and extended communities who care deeply about this issue. In Lansing, the Meyers Family has been shattered watching their daughter, Amanda Valencia and her husband Edgar be ripped apart. Amanda's husband went through the immigration process and was eventually denied his visa when he returned to Mexico for the interview process. Amanda and their two small children were forced to return to Michigan without Edgar and have been living without him for two years. Edgar suffered a brain aneurysm and needed emergency surgery in Mexico. Amanda has struggled to support him from abroad, keep her job, and provide for their children.
Date: October 10th, 2023
Who: 50+ Families and Community Leaders
Where: Michigan Farm Bureau / 7373 W Saginaw Hwy / Lansing, Michigan 48917
5:30 PRESS CONFERENCE
6:30 Closed-Door Meeting between families and officials
6:50 Press Availability
Office of Global Michigan Director Poppy Sias-Hernandez (confirmed)
Pewamo Village President Randy Zenk (confirmed)
State Rep. Tyrone Carter (confirmed)
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