Senator who replaced Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants deemed “essential workers”

California Senator Alex Padilla, a Democrat who replaced Kamala Harris when she became Vice President is calling for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants deemed “essential workers.”

“I think nothing speaks to the moment more than COVID response and fairness for essential workers,” Padilla said. “On a parallel track, we know that immigration reform is long overdue in the United States of America and there are no states that have more at stake in immigration reform than the state of California.”

He added “a standalone measure allows us to uplift specific elements of a comprehensive package as you continue to gain momentum and support.”

Padilla tweeted “Dignity, respect and a pathway to citizenship is not only personal to me, it’s also in the best interest of our nation.”

“This is why I introduced the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act,” he added.