November 20, 2018

Mayor Faulconer urges Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers

07 December 2017, 07:38 | Devin Moran

Daily Texan Staff

Daily Texan Staff

The Dream Act is a bipartisan proposal that would give residency and a path to citizenship to almost 2 million immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, including DACA beneficiaries.

In addition, Harrisonburg has previously been listed among some of the most affected places nationwide under President Trump's proposed travel ban, due to the Friendly City's immigrant population.

'By threatening to shut down the government, they are jeopardizing the future fate of those DACA recipients'. "I stood up for the Pledge of Allegiance like everybody else in my class and got involved in clubs and organizations, such as the Lincoln Rotary and St. Joseph's Church", she said.

"As Congress is working towards a comprehensive long-term agreement to fund government operations, House Republicans are committed to keeping the government open". Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis Curbelo34 House Republicans demand DACA action this year House conservatives cast doubt on GOP leaders' shutdown strategy 12 House Republicans object to Alaska refuge oil drilling proposal MORE (R-Fla.), have vowed to withhold their vote for any must-pass end-of-year spending bill unless Congress legislates on Dreamer protections.

Unless Congress enacts legislation, immigrants will begin losing their DACA protection en masse starting in March, and would have to leave the US. They want a path to citizenship, and they say they're exhausted of waiting.

"I do think that we are close in the Problem Solvers Caucus", Coffman said. "We want to live in a country that we call home without fear of deportation".

Voters in vulnerable GOP districts oppose tax bill Giffords targets 8 Republicans on hide and carry in new ads DACA advocates see efforts gaining steam in the House MORE told The Hill he's ready to buck his party's leadership to fight for so-called Dreamers, but thinks Republicans have incentives to extend or expand DACA benefits.

Denham is one of 34 House Republicans urging his leadership for a vote on DACA.

Immigrants in Pennsylvania paid $7.5 billion in taxes in 2014 and wielded $20.2 billion in spending power over the same year, according to data released today by New American Economy (NEA) - a coalition of businesses and lawmakers calling for immigration reform. For many, this is the only country they have ever known.

JEREMY ROBBINS: This is not a hard policy issue.

Still, Coffman warned that a DACA solution - and protections for Dreamers in general - will face challenges from the left and right. That's a pretty small army with which to go to war, particularly since Republicans can plausibly argue that Dreamers are in no real peril until March.

ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN: Hi. I'm Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

In September, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Dream Act, which would allow certain young immigrants who lived in the United States illegally since childhood to earn permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. "Our country was funded and grew prosperously based on providing opportunities and fairness for all".

SNELL: The whole idea is to build outside pressure to get a deal before Congress leaves for the holidays. Whether that can happen without shutting down the government might become clear when Trump meets with congressional leaders at the White House on Thursday afternoon.

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