Without a legislative solution, Dreamers’ futures remain uncertain and they live in fear of deportation. Congress should take urgent action to protect these extraordinary young people.
H.R. 4796, the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act of 2018, was introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) in the House of Representatives and has more than 50 bipartisan co-sponsors. The USA Act would protect and provide Dreamers with a path to citizenship as long as they satisfy residency, age and education, military or employment requirements. Additionally, H.R. 4796 augments border security with the use of new technology, seeks to address root causes of migration from Central America, and increases staffing resources for immigration courts to carry out their work.
The U.S. Bishops support both the Dream Act and the USA Act. The Dream Act remains the ideal legislative solution. And while the USA Act can still be improved upon, as written it is a compromise bill that provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers and offers proportionate border security measures. We are urging the House of Representatives to urgently move forward these pieces of legislation.
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