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Protests in Philadelphia Call for Citizenship Pathway to be Re-Added to Budget Reconciliation Bill

Kimberly Paynter
Maegan Llerena, executive director of Make the Road Pennsylvania, lead protesters to block traffic outside U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s Philadelphia office at 20th and Market Streets, demanding Casey and President Joe Biden keep a path to citizenship for 11 million people living undocumented in the U.S. in the national budget, on November 4, 2021.

Protesters temporarily blocked traffic on Market Street near 20th Street in Philadelphia yesterday. WHYY’s Laura Benshoff reports they are trying to influence Democrats in DC to keep a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in their budget bill.

(Original air-date: 11/5/21)

Laura Benshoff covers stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.