While Democrats are relatively united in their desire for a legislative fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields illegal immigrants brought to the country as minors from deportation, they are divided over whether to press the issue as a non-negotiable in the impending spending bill.
Dent, whose 15th District includes Lehigh County and part of Northampton County, said during an MSNBC interview last week that he has "no problem" with including provisions to resolve the Dreamers situation in the spending bills needed to be approved this month to keep the government running. In addition, about 2,000 people converged on nation's Capitol Wednesday for a rally demanding a DACA solution.
Since the Trump Administration's announcement to rescind the program, I've gained faith in the bipartisan work Congress has done to pass a long-term fix like the Dream Act.
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is renewing its push to keep thousands of young undocumented immigrants in MI as Democrats in Congress try to use budget talks to renew a version of a program that protected them.
Fact based analysis is critical to every policy debate, and it is a fact that now 86 percent of all Americans and 76 percent of Republicans support protecting Dreamers. Congress has until March 2018 to come up with a solution, and I'm confident that we can.
About 7 percent of the state's population is foreign born, said Phillipi, who stressed that immigrants are twice as likely to start new businesses and boost the state's economy. "To remove 800,000 will cost employers an estimated $3.4 billion in employee turnover", he said. I believe it is of the utmost importance that we work together to take care of these folks.
A new Morning Consult/Politico poll reveals how unpopular a plan to shut down the federal government over amnesty for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens is with swing-voters.
Another senior at JMU, Micaela Escuedero, who is covered by DACA, said the United States has become her home. "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. This proposal, as I have told them personally, can not be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.
They say they don't want a government shutdown either, but they do want an immigration bill this month.
Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient. They must have continuously lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007; must now being in school or an honorably discharged military veteran; must have a clean criminal record; and not have lawful immigration status.