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House Passes Bill for DREAMers

 

House Passes Bill for DREAMersThe House of Representatives has just passed the American Dream and Promise Act 2021. The bill, sponsored by California Democratic Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, would provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and Deferred Enforcement Departure beneficiaries. Up to 4.4 million individuals might be eligible for permanent residence under the bill. All House Democrats and nine Republicans voted to approve the bill, which passed with a final vote of 228 to 197. The day was, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described it, “a cause for celebration.” 

Unfortunately, the American Dream and Promise Act still must face the Senate, where its fate is far more uncertain. It has yet to garner any Republican support. Under the chamber’s current rules, the Democrats would have to sway at least 10 Republicans. In light of this, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, has begun negotiations with his Republican colleagues on the stand-alone bill. 

Biden’s Preservation and Fortification of DACA Memorandum

steps to become a naturalized citizenOn his very first day in office, President Joseph R. Biden began to act on his campaign promises of immigration reform. Within hours of inauguration, the White House released a presidential proclamation titled “Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” In Section 1 of the memorandum, Biden refers to former president Barack Obama’s original 2012 initiative to temporarily defer the deportation of certain undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children. Obama’s 2012 executive memorandum, titled “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” offered no pathway to permanent residency or citizenship, and was described by Obama as a “temporary stopgap measure” as he awaited legislative approval for the more comprehensive DREAM Act. This DREAM Act was not passed, and as of today, legislators have yet to develop a pathway for citizenship for Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors. However, the Biden administration shows promise on this front. In Section 2 of Biden’s 2021 DACA memorandum, Biden directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to “take all actions he deems appropriate, consistent with applicable law, to preserve and fortify DACA.” This memorandum offers hope to the millions of Dreamers in the country, and hopefully, with Congressional legislation, they may begin to visualize a stable future in the United States they have grown up in.

DREAMers be wary

As stated by AILA, “This article from the Associated Press reports that some advocates are advising DACA recipients to make sure they are not traveling abroad when Donald Trump is sworn in as president on January 20, 2017, and quotes AILA President William Stock on how Trump could rescind the DACA program.”

 

See https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fearing-trump-crackdown-dreamers-advised-to-end-travel/2016/12/11/c4ec6e08-bfad-11e6-a52b-a0a126eaf9f7_story.html?utm_campaign=RP%20Daily&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Recent%20Postings%20Alert&utm_term=.53094c98b718.

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