House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 237-187 in favor of a bill that would cancel deportations and grant citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants.
The proposal offers “Dreamers” conditional permanent residency for 10 years if they meet the following criteria:
- Arrive in the US before age 18
- Live in the US for four years before proposal is enacted
- Have a GED or high school diploma
- Pass a background check
To obtain full citizenship, “Dreamers” must fulfill one of four requirements:
- Earn a college degree
- Complete a two-year program in technical school or other institution of higher learning
- Serve in the military
- Work in the US for at least three years
The bill offers permanent residency to TPS and DED recipients if they meet the following criteria:
- Live in the US for more than three years before proposal is enacted
- Do not have felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors
The Dream and Promise Act is the latest version of a sweeping legalization proposal introduced in 2001. As estimated by the Migration Policy Institute, it could grant legal protections to 2.7 million people.
“This is a day that glorifies what America is to the world,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “A place of refuge, a place of safety, a place of opportunity.”
Republican critics who supported previous efforts to grant citizenship to “Dreamers” oppose this bill because it fails to address the emergency at the southern border and provides no strategy to reduce illegal immigration. If passed, the Dream and Promise Act would produce even greater numbers of illegal immigration.
Another sticking point for Republicans: the bill does not exclude immigrants with gang ties or DUI convictions.
Author’s Note: Democrats know the Dream and Promise Act will never make it through the Senate. What we are seeing here is a policy statement to voters ahead of the 2020 election: keep Democrats in office if you want to protect illegal immigrants.
Editor’s Note: This is pure electioneering. The Democrats have already been offered the chance to legalize ‘Dreamers’ and they turned it down. My conclusion? Democrats care more about elections than they do people…