American Hope Act Introduced to Protect DACA Recipients and Immigrants Who Arrived As Children
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.) and 116 colleagues introduced the American Hope Act of 2017. Recent actions by State Attorneys General and the Trump Administration have put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in peril. This bill would provide a permanent legislative solution for the more than 800,000 young people enrolled in DACA and put thousands of others on a path to earn permanent legal residency and eventual citizenship if they meet certain requirements.
Members of House Democratic Leadership, the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered for a press conference in support of Dreamers, DACA, and this critical legislation.
The full press conference can be seen here and the speakers included: CHC Immigration & Border Issues Task Force Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), Ranking Member on Homeland Security Subcommittee Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Ranking Member on House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (NY-14), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), and Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33).
Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s remarks:
“DACA recipients are at risk like they have not been for a number of years.
“It’s important that legislative actions be taken. This is fair to the young men and women who were brought there as children who are Americans in every way but their paperwork.
“But this is the American Hope Act because this is what’s good for America, not just these young people.
“These young people, when they receive their DACA certification, were free to go and make huge contributions to our country as teachers, as lawyers, and in the medical profession.
“They are working hard. They are paying taxes. They are making our county even better.
“And we know that it is America’s hope that people like this, who are contributing so much, be permitted to become fully regularized in our country.
“This bill will fulfil their dream of becoming Americans not just in their hearts but in their paperwork as well. We have hope for America through this bill.”