The House of Representatives passed a bill providing a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives 4 June passed a bill that can provide a path to citizenship for more than one million illegal immigrants.
The document was adopted by 237 votes against 187, the results were met with applause from congressmen, writes CNN.
Despite the fact that the Democrats have ensured the adoption of this bill in the House of Representatives, this measure is unlikely to become law in the near future, especially on the eve of presidential elections. Even if the Republican-controlled Senate supports this project, for the entry into force of the document must be signed by President Donald Trump, who actively opposes illegal immigrants.
The adoption of the draft in the House of Representatives took place almost a month after the president presented a strict plan for reforming the country's immigration system... Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, has been developing this plan for several months. At the same time, the presented program did not provide for a path to citizenship for “dreamers” - illegal immigrants brought to the United States by children. Previously, they were protected by the DACA program, introduced by the Barack Obama administration, but Trump is trying to cancel it - now the fate of the program is in the hands of the court. It is to this group that the draft adopted by the House of Representatives is directed.
If enacted, this bill would provide a greater sense of security for a significant number of illegal immigrants who are currently in limbo, awaiting a court decision on the legality of the cancellation of DACA.
On June 3, the Supreme Court rejected a motion by the Department of Justice to expedite a review of the legitimacy of state lawsuits opposing the revocation of DACA. This decision by the Supreme Court means that it is unlikely, but still possible, that the country's main court will complete a review of the legality of such claims before all lower courts decide on state claims against the abolition of DACA.
During the June 4 press conference, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi noted that the adopted bill should not cause a division across the party line, although, according to her, this is likely to happen.
“There is nothing biased or political about this law,” Pelosi said.
“The Democrats had the opportunity to show they are serious about addressing the immigration issue of DACA recipients,” said House Judiciary Councilor Doug Collins.
The measure, dubbed the 2019 Dream and Promise Law, was introduced to parliament in March. The bill is aimed at finding solutions to the problems with the immigration status of beneficiaries of the DACA program and two other programs - Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), which offer temporary protection of illegal immigrants from deportation.
It gives eligible “dreamers” the opportunity to obtain the status of a lawful permanent resident of the United States (green card) - a right that they do not have at the moment. If effective, the bill would grant DACA recipients conditional permanent resident status for up to 10 years. The criteria for this include the requirement of no conviction for serious crimes.
Similarly, TPS or DED holders will also be given the opportunity to obtain legal status as a permanent resident if they have resided in the US for at least three years and have not been convicted of a criminal offense or several misdemeanors. A conviction for one offense is allowed.
Now the bill will be sent to the Senate.
TPS is an immigration law program that allows the US government to grant temporary work permits and protection against deportation to immigrants, including illegal immigrants from certain countries, who may be in danger of living.
To be eligible for this status, there must be either armed conflict or civil war, or natural disasters, epidemics and “other emergency and temporary conditions” in the immigrant’s homeland.
The status of protection against deportation is temporary, but crises in many countries last for several years, with the result that some immigrants under this program have remained in the United States for decades.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- US President Donald Trump 16 May unveiled details of his new immigration planwhich will fundamentally change the country's immigration system, giving priority to immigrants with useful US knowledge and skills, and not those who have relatives in America.
- According to the proposal, potential immigrants will be assessed according to a special scoring system, which will give preference to highly skilled workers - taking into account age, level of English proficiency, education, and whether the applicant has a well-paid job offer in the United States.
- Currently, only about 12% of immigrants come to the United States based on their skills and job offers, while 66% are entitled to immigrate based on family ties with people who already legally live in the United States. According to officials, after adopting the plan, these figures will change to 57 and 33 percent, respectively.
- At the same time, the plan did not provide conditions for obtaining legal status for “dreamers” and other groups of illegal immigrants.
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