DHS Official: "Rational" Bill Includes Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers

DHS Official: "Rational" Bill Includes Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers

Cheryl Sanders
October 5, 2017

A USA official told Congress on Tuesday it would be "rational" to legislate a path for citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, but within hours the administration backtracked, saying his comments did not state the views of President Donald Trump.

Young immigrants in the US illegally who were granted two-year work permits and deportation relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program are rushing to extend their protected status before the federal government stops processing renewal applications Thursday.

However, there is concern by politicians and activists alike that Congress will not act in time, stripping DACA recipients of their protections with nothing to replace them.

It's crunch time for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients; they have two days to apply to renew their permits.

"Only applications that are physically at immigration, at USCIS, on October 5th are going to be considered for renewal so that means they cannot be filled out on October 5th, that means they cannot be in transit USCIS on October 5th, but they must be in immigration hands on October 5", Executive Director of FIEL Houston, Cesar Espinosa said.

Michael Dougherty, an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, testified that Trump would like Congress to find a solution allowing the young immigrants to remain legally in the United States.

Mr. Hartzell, though, recounted the bedroom scene of the 93-year-old woman everyone knew as "Gram" - herself part of the wave of Italian immigrants in the 20th century - after she was beaten and raped by an illegal immigrant. Some advocates anxious the hefty $495 fee to re-apply would prevent many DACA recipients from doing so. Ill., who was speaking during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, a staggering 1,400 Dreamers will lose their work permits and be subject to deportation per day.

"We are determined to get Republicans votes to pass the clean Dream Act", Pelosi said.

Democrats have said they will not rule out blocking key Republican legislative priorities if Congress does approve legislation protecting DACA recipients. To apply for citizenship under the Tillis bill, one must have 15 years of legal status, including at least five years as a green card holder. They create jobs. They serve in the military.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who co-authored the SUCCEED Act, told reporters he briefed the president on the legislation and that Trump "was very supportive of the concepts, saying that's the right way to go".

Trump's decision to end the program has been overwhelmingly opposed by the business community, including industry titans like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. There will also be local and state legislators, attorneys and community organizations at the event. Garcia, 23, was brought to the USA from Michoacán, Mexico when she was 11 months old. Neither was eligible to file for renewal.

Those eligible to renew by Thursday are in a relatively good spot as they will keep their status for two additional years.

If DACA youth don't meet the renewal deadline, there is a possibility of deportation.

"Those are the very hard cases", Castañon said. "I have talked to the president, I have talked to Gen. Kelly about continuing on the path that we all agreed to indisputably". "We're looking at allowing people to stay here".

I am concerned about my job and the power my employer may have over me if I am identified as a DACA recipient.

Since DACA's enactment in 2012, the Catholic charity has represented roughly 600 clients, with half of them from New Brunswick, according to Jason Rowe, the immigration service's director. How does one focus in school or work if their lives, well-being and families are being threatened?

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