House Democrats are presenting legislation that would deliver a pathway to citizenship for one million plus undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and other House Democrats are making the “Dream and Promise Act,” public which is expected to protect undocumented immigrants who arrived to the US as children or sometimes called as “Dreamers,” and immigrants having temporary protected status or deferred enforced departure.
“There should be nothing partisan or political in this legislation,” said Pelosi, who was flanked by House Democrats and immigrants, in introducing the bill. “Protecting Dreamers and TPS and (Deferred Enforced Departure) Americans is about honoring and respecting the family that is the heart of our faith and the heart of who we are as Americans.”
The bill is anticipated to offer a higher sense of security to a huge swath of undocumented immigrants whose destiny’s has been spent in the courts only. However, its enactment are unlikely as it is projected to encounter an uphill battle by President Donald Trump has raised voice against it and even faced objections in Republican-controlled Senate to such programs.
Approximatlely 700,000 beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which guard undocumented immigrants who landed to the US as children from deportation, have been null since the Trump administration was attempting to put a full stop to the program in 2017, encouraging a slew of lawsuits. Federal judges have tried kept the program alive, and accounting on the reasons behind the sudden termination of protections.
Holders of temporary protected status — which gives protection to individuals displaced by armed conflicts, natural disasters, or other events — have also encountered an uncertain future, as hardships to the administration’s endeavors to end the status for some designated nations works its way through the courts. At present, near about 318,000 people have this status, according to the Pew Research Center.
The taken measures addresses both of these groups.
The bill would bestow Dreamers with conditional permanent resident status for 10 years and even withdraw removal proceedings if requirements are fulfilled. The criteria is alike to what DACA recipients have to satisfy, including graduating from high school or obtaining a GED.
The measure permits those who suceed to gain lawful permanent resident status, which is usually out of the question for numerous undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as minors. To achieve legal status, immigrants should have a qualifying petitioner — for example, employer or family member– who can sponsor them. Even in that case, however, he/she is already hampered by the fact that they came in illegally.
TPS holders will be offered an opportunity to have lawful permanent resident status and have their elimination proceedings canceled under the new bill. Along with addressing current TPS holders, the steps would amend the law to need the Department of Homeland Security secretary to offer an explanation for dismissing a TPS designation, as well as a report shortly after publishing a notice of a termination.
“This report must explain the original designation and any progress made by a country to resolve the issues leading to TPS designation,” according to a fact sheet on the measure. “The Secretary also has to describe the qualitative and quantitative methods used to assess whether or not country conditions have improved, which would include addressing any challenges or shortcomings related to the initial designation.”