SPRINGFIELD – In response to the Biden administration’s executive action to allow certain undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens to apply for permanent residency, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“The Biden Administration’s action is a significant step in the right direction for many undocumented family members – affirming our commitment to family unity, justice and compassion. For too long, our immigration system has imposed unnecessary hardships on families, often forcing them into the shadows or tearing them apart. This new policy will provide relief by offering a pathway to stability and security. It recognizes that family is the cornerstone of our society and that keeping families together strengthens our communities.

“Considering that this executive power can be challenged and even ended by a different administration, there is a lot more that needs to be done to provide permanent protections for undocumented communities that have contributed to this country for decades.

“Today’s action is a great first step, but we must build on this progress and enact comprehensive reforms that honor our nation's history as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.”