|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | USA

Democrats Present Citizenship Bill for Undocumented Migrants

WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday presented a bill that would provide legal access to citizenship for thousands of immigrants shielded under assorted protection programs, including the so-called “Dreamers” who were brought to this country as children.

The initiative would affect the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) program.

“It’s a big priority for our caucus,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard – one of the sponsors of the bill – said. “There is a lot of support for the Dreamers from both sides of the aisle.”

She added at a press conference that the bill was one of 10 priorities of the new Democratic majority in the House, noting that the legislation authorizes a path to citizenship for the Dreamers.

Among other questions, the law, known as H.R. 6, or the Dream and Promise Act, opens the door to “certain” young people who have been protected under DACA and who were deported from the US by the Donald Trump administration.

Kicking off the press conference was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the head of the Democratic majority, who said that she was “very proud” to present the bill as one of her party’s legislative priorities.

Noting the importance of granting citizenship to immigrants who have lived in the US for a long time and “who are American in every way,” Pelosi said that “There should be nothing partisan or political in this legislation.”

The bill, which will certainly be approved in the House, must also be approved in the Senate, where the Republicans are in the majority, to be able to be forwarded to Trump, who then must decide whether or not to sign it.

The Senate, with 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, is less supportive of the bill, although some conservative lawmakers could view it favorably, according to local media reports.

Since he took office, Trump has tried to suspend DACA and he cancelled TPS for countries like Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras, forcing citizens of those nations living in the US to choose among other avenues to legalize their status, continue to live here without documentation or return to their countries.

DACA protects its beneficiaries from deportation and in certain cases authorizes them to obtain temporary work and driver’s licenses, benefits that they must renew every two years.

TPS was created in 1990 and grants extraordinary permission to live and work in the US to nationals of countries affected by armed conflicts or natural disasters.

The DED is similar to TPS and allows people who, if they were to be returned to their home countries, could be endangered due to an unstable political situation or natural disasters to delay deportation.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2020 © All rights reserved