May 23, 2019

House committee debates latest version of the Dream Act

The move follows a recent Trump immigration proposal that leaves out "Dreamers."

DACA Tucson protest hero A rally at Tucson City Hall in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Sept. 5, 2017.
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The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee aimed to push forward Wednesday with the latest version of the so-called Dream Act, after the White House recently unveiled an immigration proposal that does not address undocumented young people brought here as children.

Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler threw his support behind the bill that experts say would put millions of undocumented immigrants on a pathway to citizenship.

“Members on both sides of the aisle, and even at times President Trump, have expressed sympathy for the 'Dreamers' and desire to do right by them,” he said.

But the committee’s ranking Republican, Doug Collins, said the bill ignores border security, and he asked back in March that it be included.

“I implore the chairman: Give us a bill that legalizes some of the illegal immigrant population and that includes enforcement measures to secure our border and enforce the law inside our country,” he said.

The courts have kept alive a program implemented by former President Barack Obama that protects from deportation some people who would be covered by the proposed law.

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