Lawmakers yesterday formally introduced legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for aliens brought to the U.S. as minors ahead of House Democrats’ plan to hold an “immigration week” later this month, reports the Hill.
Titled, The American Dream and Promise Act, the amnesty would allow the aliens known as "Dreamers," as well as aliens given Temporary protected status to apply for citizenship.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.
During the years of the Trump Administration, the vicious targeting of our most vulnerable immigrant communities cultivated a climate of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear. For far too long, Dreamers and others have waited in limbo and lived with the fear of being deported from the only country they know as home.
The Hill reports that the legislation will provide an amnesty for 2.5 million, before undermining their “migrant children” talking point by admitting that some included aliens came to the U.S. in the early 1990s. It would also apply to aliens granted a Deferred Enforcement Departure, which allows people to remain in the U.S. beyond their initial authorization.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Wednesday that the House would consider a number of immigration bills the week of March 15. Roybal-Allard’s bill is among those sources say will be considered, along with another bill that would provide a path to citizenship for alien farm-workers.
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Updated: Thu, Mar 18th 2021 @ 1:20pm EDT