(Washington) The Democrats-controlled American House of Representatives on Thursday paved the way for the regularization of 700,000 “dreamers” who arrived when they were minors in the United States, including the bill that is most uncertain in the Senate.
U.S. President Joe Biden hailed the move as “a crucial step in reforming our immigration system”.
“Many (these dreamers) have worked tirelessly at the forefront of the fight against the epidemic to keep our country afloat, nurture it and care for it, yet they have to live in fear and uncertainty because of their immigration status,” Biden said in a statement.
“It’s high time Congress opened the way for citizenship for dreamers,” he tweeted before the vote.
In the lower house, the text was approved by 228 lawmakers, including nine Republicans, who voted against 197 Republicans.
Democrats also have a majority in the Senate, but very little, which would not allow them to adopt this text without the support of ten Republicans. Since many in the party believe that these measures will encourage new arrivals of unregistered immigrants, this is not very likely today.
Under the auspices of Democratic President Barack Obama, the United States implemented the DACA program in 2012, intended to protect these “dreamers” from being deported, who had entered the United States illegally during their childhood, and have been living there ever since.
But it was abolished in 2017 by Donald Trump, who opened a period of great uncertainty for these young people under 30 years of age. In June 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States deceived him by certifying the program.
The Democratic Bill grants nationals of countries endangered or damaged by natural disasters, as well as those with temporary protection status (TPS).
“These are our teachers, our professionals, our CEOs, our entrepreneurs,” and “many of them are at the forefront of the epidemic,” said Nancy Pelosi of the Democratic House of Commons on a bicycle.
In the process, the Chamber approved a resolution aimed at facilitating the obtaining of a residence permit for migrant farm workers, with broad support: 247 votes in favor and 174 in favor.
For Liz Cheney, the third Republican in the House, these two laws are “granting debt waivers to millions” of illegal immigrants. “We need to focus on strengthening the border and improving the legal immigration system.”
Joe Biden has pledged massive immigration reform that will pave the way for reconciliation for the nearly 11 million illegal immigrants. However, the bill is unlikely to be passed in the Senate at present.
If they promise to work on this deeper reform, Democrats will choose the first vote on these two objective laws.