Congressman García’s Statement on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

January 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García released the following statement today on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first African American, woman, and Asian American to be Vice President:

“President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ushering in a new chapter of hope and healing for a nation deeply divided. President Biden reminded us that our Democracy is strong and that together we can overcome any challenge. He spoke directly to families devastated by the pandemic and pledged to support diverse, working class communities like those I represent, recover from the economic crisis.

“I am pleased that President Biden immediately issued executive orders to undo the harm of the past administration, including rejoining the Paris Agreement, reissuing key environmental protections, and reinstating the DACA program. The immigration proposal and executive actions he released today demonstrate the President’s commitment to restore dignity, respect, and fairness to our government. For the 11 million undocumented individuals living in our country, including many families I represent, this moment is long overdue and a testament to their years of organizing and advocacy. While these executive orders mark a positive first step, much more must be done.

“I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to advance a national strategy to beat the virus, provide additional stimulus relief that includes mixed-status and immigrant families, and to create a bold infrastructure package that promotes equity, access, and sustainability. Congress must hold corporations, big banks, and big tech accountable to their workers and the public and we must deliver affordable and accessible healthcare and education for all. Finally, we must end the prison to deportation pipeline, give all immigrants the dignity of due process, and ensure America remains a nation that welcomes all. Together we can move our country forward.”