Saturday, February 18, 2023

AMNESTY ALERT: Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Protect Dreamers Amid Uncertainty Over DACA; Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham Propose ‘DREAM Act’ Amnesty for Nearly 2M Illegal Aliens

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Senators unveil bipartisan bill to protect Dreamers amid uncertainty over DACA:
A bipartisan pair of senators is reintroducing the DREAM Act on Friday, days after President Joe Biden called for lawmakers to find common ground on immigration reform during his State of the Union address.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the two highest-ranking members on the Judiciary Committee, are re-upping legislation that would give young undocumented immigrants a pathway to legal residency. The two senators have introduced the bill for many years without success.
The legislation would allow those who were brought to the United States as children to earn residency and then would eventually allow them to become citizens.
The push to enact immigration reform comes as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is being challenged in the courts, raising fears it could be scrapped. DACA, created by then-President Barack Obama, allows Dreamers to work legally and protects them from deportation.
“Dreamers are teachers, nurses, and small business owners in our communities, but because DACA hangs by a thread in the courts, they live each day in fear of deportation,” Durbin said in a statement. “It is clear that only Congress can give them the stability they deserve and a path to lawful permanent residence.”
It has been three decades since Congress passed large-scale immigration reform. Ever since, more targeted legislation, executive orders, and court rulings have defined public policy on the issue. --->READ MORE HERE
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Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham Propose ‘DREAM Act’ Amnesty for Nearly 2M Illegal Aliens:
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have proposed their “DREAM Act” amnesty that would provide green cards and, eventually, naturalized American citizenship to nearly two million illegal aliens.
Graham and Durbin, who hold powerful positions on the Senate Judiciary Committee, reintroduced the amnesty after repeatedly proposing the plan since 2017.
According to current estimates, the amnesty would allow almost two million illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to secure green cards and, eventually, naturalized American citizenship.
Graham said DACA illegal aliens “represent a class of illegal immigrants that have much public support because they were minors brought here by their parents and America has become their home.”
“To provide relief to this population, we must first convince Americans that the unending wave of illegal immigration will stop,” Graham continued.
Durbin suggested that amnesty for DACA illegal aliens “is a matter of simple American fairness and justice” before thanking Graham “for his continued partnership in this important bipartisan effort.” --->READ MORE HERE
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