The Hill: House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers

House Democrats passed a pair of bills Thursday that would create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and some migrant farm workers, taking a piecemeal approach as the fate of President Biden’s major immigration package looks increasingly uncertain.

The Dream and Promise Act, which passed 228-197, would provide certainty to undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children whose ability to go to school, get work and even remain in the country has hung in the balance from administration to administration.

Democrats said the case for Dreamers was one based on compassion, economics and the American history of immigration.

“They have so much to contribute, and they’re American in every way except on paper. For so many long years they’ve been burdened with uncertainty because of the anti-immigrant hysteria whipped up by these Republican fanatics,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said on the floor.

“Releasing their full potential would have such benefit to all of us.”

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Author: Rebecca Beitsch

Publisher: The Hill

Date: March 18, 2021

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