#1 – Call out our legislators for the Dreamer Delay and pass the DREAM Act!
We’ve been resting on our laurels. With the false security of a federal court’s ruling giving DACA recipients a 90 day lifeline, we’ve turned our attention to jokes at a WH Correspondent’s Assoc. dinner, and Trump’s former and very expensive sex life.
Meanwhile, six states, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia, have filed a federal lawsuit to end DACA, arguing that the executive branch cannot “unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization.”
Therefore, millions of hardworking, taxpaying DREAMers, are living in a legal nightmare. Last month, a 240-member bipartisan majority of the House asked Speaker Ryan to schedule a debate on pending bills to protect DREAMers. The “240” number is important, as it allows them to use an obscure rule called “Queen of the hill” to hold votes on four different options, most votes wins.
- H.R.3440 – Dream Act (a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other DREAMers, with no enforcement trade-offs)
- H.R.4796 – USA Act, sponsored by Hurd and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) (quicker legalization for DREAMers with limits on sponsorship of parents once they become citizens, with some border provisions but no money for a wall)
- The Goodlatte bill (temporary status for DACA recipients plus stepped-up enforcement and legal immigration restrictions)
- A fourth bill, probably some manifestation of Trump’s stated goals to end family re-unification and includes funding for a border wall.