A group of prominent Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday reiterated their pressure to grant citizenship to about 250,000 registered ‘dreamers’, the vast majority of whom are Indian-Americans.
Led by California Senator Alex Padilla and Congresswoman Deborah Ross, lawmakers are urging their colleagues in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass a bipartisan U.S. Children’s Act that would legally allow immigrants to have children in the country, but still get green cards due to widespread backlog.
The so-called documented dreamers, of whom approximately 250,000, grew up legally in the United States but took the risk of deportation at the age of 21.
“For these young people, turning 21 means facing an impossible choice. Either leaving your family and sacrificing in a country you rarely think of, or living in the United States, enrolled, living in the shadows,” Padilla told reporters. Here’s a press conference.
Indian American Congressman Dr. Ami Bera says that documented dreamers grew up in America and they know this country as their only home. “However, because of the backlog in the immigration system, they risk being deported by the age of 21. Congress must pass the U.S. Children’s Act to increase the protection of these young people,” he said.
More than 40 of these children, who have formed the “Dream Improvement” group, joined lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol Press Conference. “These talented young people have long been left out of the conversation about immigration reform. We’re ready to change that,” said Congresswoman Ross.
“Documented Dreamers represent the best of America. Let’s give them a chance to stay in the country they love and invite home,” she said.
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Richard Durbin, told reporters that the law would likely be moved as part of a larger package that would address Republican concerns about border security.
“I haven’t heard any push on this bill. They just said, ‘We want to address the border challenge,'” he said.
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