“DREAMER” Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives
(Washington, D.C.) – Last week the Recognizing America’s Children Act was introduced in the House of Representatives, to provide five years of relief from deportation for some undocumented immigrants known as ‘Dreamers.’ The legislation authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to suspend removal proceedings for those who arrived in the U.S. before 2012 and before reaching age 16, and who have met a range of criteria. These criteria include obtaining a High School diploma or serving in the military, residing in the U.S. for at least 5 years, and demonstrating good moral conduct. This status may be revoked under a range of circumstances, or may be extended an additional 5 years, with permanent residency status a possibility after that time.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“Our deeply flawed immigration system is among the most important policy challenges that policymakers must soon address. In recent years it has become clear that this is not something that can be solved simply through executive actions. Instead, it will require action in Congress, with measures that are employment-based and market-driven, and which respond to all aspects of the problem – including the Dreamers, the many undocumented, law abiding immigrants who live in our communities, and enhanced border enforcement.
A number of bills have now been introduced by conservatives in Congress to address this challenge, showing the strong bipartisan support for action. We are grateful to policymakers who have stepped up to lead. Congress should seize this opportunity to debate and adopt a solution to the unilateral executive action imposed by President Obama, without regard to Congress.”