A new bill introduced by three Democratic Congresswomen would provide citizenship to immigrants who lawfully entered the U.S. as children if passed
The new law, proposed by three female Democrats, could close the gap in issuing permanent residence to immigrants by granting citizenship to anyone who entered the United States when they were younger. According to a statement released by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, the bill was co-authored by Democrat Representatives Nydia Velazquez and Yvette D. Clarke. House Democrats said in an official statement that they had re-enacted the American Dream and Promise Act that allows young American immigrants, called Dreamers, to get permanent residency and citizenship.
The American Dream and Promise Act 2021 (H.- R. 6) was introduced in the House on March 3. The primary goal of legislation such as the Senate's Dream Act is to establish a path to citizenship for immigrants who arrived as minors. Unlike the Dream Act and the previous Congress's version of H.R. 6, this year's version expands the road to citizenship to 'legal dreamers.'
After failing to pass legislation in Congress in 2012, President Barack Obama launched the Delayed Parenting Action (DACA) program. DACA protects eligible youth from deportation and issues work permits.
The Trump government ended DACA in September 2017. In June 2020, the Supreme Court ordered that the Trump administration's ending DACA procedure was unconstitutional, following a case brought by the University of California that attracted widespread support. The Supreme Court determined that the Trump administration had the right to terminate DACA but did so without following proper protocols.
In 2021, with the Democrats ruling the House, the Senate, and the White House attempted to pass legislation to protect the Dreamers. According to the bill, the applicant must have been under 18 when they entered the country and must have been physically present in the U.S. since January 1, 2021.