(Arlington, VA) – Today Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Dream Act of 2019, legislation to provide legal status and certainty to Dreamers. According to its sponsors, lawful permanent status – and eventually citizenship – would be available to longtime residents brought here as children, who pass a background check, graduate from High School, and pursue either higher education, work, or military service. They would also be required to pay a fee, and show proficiency in English and U.S. history. Protection would not be available to anyone who commits a felony or other serious crime.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“We thank Senators Graham and Durbin for their continued commitment to bridging the partisan divide and leading by example on a permanent solution for Dreamers. This is the sort of commitment we need so legislation can be passed in both House and Senate and be signed into law. It’s time for leaders in both parties to set aside political considerations, and work together on this important goal.
Right now the Dreamers are unable to plan for the future. They lack the certainty they need to contribute fully to their families and their communities despite the overwhelming support by the American public to find a solution. We know that there are bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate that support permanent legal status for the Dreamers. It’s time for leaders to work in earnest to pass legislation to accomplish that.”