Dozens Of House Republicans Call For DACA Amnesty Before End Of Year

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

DACA recipients spoke at the rally, as did immigrants living in the US on Temporary Protected Status, another federal program the Trump administration is trying to curtail. Around 38,000 San Diegans were eligible for the program. They're not individuals like Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man found not guilty in the July 2015 death of Kate Steinle. On Saturday, President Trump pulled the USA out of the United Nation's compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants.

The latest effort to pass pro-American immigration reforms - such as halving legal immigration down to 500,000 immigrants a year by ending the process of "chain migration" where new immigrants being allowed to bring their foreign relatives to the US - is coupled with an amnesty for DACA illegal aliens.

This is a national tragedy.

Individuals who cannot meet one of these requirements can apply for a "hardship waiver" if the applicant is a person with disabilities, a full-time caregiver of a minor child, or for whom removal would cause extreme hardship to a USA citizen spouse, parent, or child. Another provision would strengthen electronic verification systems for employers and limit green cards for family members of USA citizens and permanent residents.

Three Yale University professors were among those arrested in D.C. Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Senate building.

Although the expiration date for the program is March 6, Dreamers had to submit their applications before October 5, to allow enough time for processing the permit, said Alvarez Valle.

This scenario isn't hypothetical.


Still, Coffman warned that a DACA solution - and protections for Dreamers in general - will face challenges from the left and right. Then came DACA, and with it work permits, opportunities for some tuition aid and, for the first time in Garcia's life, a sense of normalcy.

In addition, anyone who has DACA would be immediately granted Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status. Six percent have started their own businesses.

With Congress expected to vote this week on DACA's future, activists in Texas and across the country are trying to mobilize support for the program and the so-called "Dreamers" it protects. But it doesn't have to be that way.

While Democrats unanimously support measures like the Dream Act - every member of the caucus has signed on to the discharge petition - many are demanding a "clean" Dream Act, that doesn't include border security concessions for Republicans. And it should be paired with increased border security funding. Colcom's founder, Cordelia Scaife May, the late oil heiress, believed nature was being assailed by overpopulation and left more than $400 million to her foundation with the goal of dramatically restricting and expelling immigrants from the U.S. Today, almost half of her fortune is spent on this work, which includes deporting people like me from the only country we have ever known.

Contrast this level of support with the Republican's plan for tax reform.

Behind closed doors, he's negotiating with Democrats to deliver a solution this month to help the nation's 800,000 DACA beneficiaries, including 120,000 in Texas and 7,700 in Tarrant County. Tax reform is inching closer to becoming law. But it may not be enough to get the DREAM Act passed.

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