Legislation reintroduced for ‘Dreamers’ to earn green card, US citizenship

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Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke on Wednesday reintroduced legislation in the United States House of Representatives that would allow Caribbean and other “Dreamers” to earn lawful permanent residence, or green card, and US citizenship.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, is a United States legislative proposal to grant temporary conditional residency, with the right to work, to unauthorised Caribbean and other immigrants who entered the US as minors — and, if they later satisfy further qualifications, they would attain permanent residency.

 

In April 2001, United States Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) first introduced the bill in the Senate as S 1291, but it did not pass.

 

The proposal has since been reintroduced several times, but has not been approved by majorities in either House of the United States Congress.

 

On Wednesday, Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, introduced HR 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2021.

 

The bill, co-authored by New York Democratic Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and her California counterpart Lucille Roybal-Allard will enable US-raised immigrant youth, known as “Dreamers”, to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship.

 

In addition to “Dreamers”, the Dream and Promise Act includes protections and a path to citizenship for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, such as hundreds of undocumented Haitians living in the US, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.

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