Signs of a possible bipartisan effort to address the issue of so-called “Dreamers” emerged late last week as House members pursued a procedural ploy to move forward legislation that could lead to a vote on the DREAM Act.

“Dreamers” has been the word used by Democrats to describe adults who were brought to the United States as children and may have known no other country than America as their home.

Last week, President Trump and the Department of Justice announced an end to DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – policy instituted by President Obama in 2012 that allowed more than 800,000 “Dreamers” to avoid deportation.

But Trump also indicated his willingness to work with Congress in coming up with a plan to finally find a solution for those who wish to remain in the U.S. legally and pursue citizenship.

The Act, backed by all Democrats and some Republicans, would establish criteria for Dreamers to receive legal residential status permanently and create a pathway to citizenship.

The current legislative effort, led by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, would utilize a little-used procedure called a discharge petition by which members may bring a bill up for a vote even without the approval of their party’s leaders.

Most discharge efforts are unsuccessful.

Democrats may try to use a loophole in the rules for bringing a discharge petition to get around the time limit restrictions by substituting a bill, Today’s American Dream Act, for the original petition.

“We are asking all Members of Congress who believe it is wrong to deport young people brought to this country as children to join us in this effort,” House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote in a joint statement.

“In many cases, these DREAMers have known no other home than America. Common sense and compassion must now prevail.”

The majority of House Democrats will probably support the measure, which has two Republican co-sponsors, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will be retiring at the end of her term, and Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, who has supported DACA-friendly legislation in the past.

President Trump signaled his support of a legislative solution to the sensitive issue, saying that it is the duty of Congress, not the president, to pass meaningful immigration reform.

His action in ending DACA was merely returning the situation to its status before Obama unilaterally altered policy during an election year after repeatedly asserting in public that he lacked the Constitutional authority to do so.

Do you think Congress should act to address the issue of those who were brought as children to the U.S. by illegal immigrant parents?

Source: Roll Call

 
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