In Schumer’s Brooklyn neighborhood, and in migrant communities across the U.S., hopes that the Senate majority leader can deliver immigration reform

Originally Posted in The Washington Post

Maria Sacchetti – September 4, 2021

Maria Mejia, who during the pandemic started a business cooking and delivering food in Queens, dreams of being a U.S. citizen. (Jeenah Moon for The Washington Post)

NEW YORK — A 39-year-old man was painting walls last month in the Brooklyn high-rise where Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) lives. The house painter is from Guatemala, runs his own business and is raising three U.S. citizen children. But he’s undocumented.

Around the corner, another man in the same legal situation was installing central air-conditioning in a fancy brownstone. He has not been able to return to Mexico since he crossed the border years ago, not even for his mother’s funeral.

And on the edge of Prospect Park, coming off his shift was a man who sent two daughters to college while working as the neighborhood’s handyman, tossing garbage, unclogging toilets and repairing windows during the pandemic. He’s close to retirement age but has no papers.

All are waiting for Schumer.




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