NM attorney general joins call for Congress to pass clean Dream Act
December 18, 2017 11:54 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined 19 other attorneys general from across the country urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning for the Christmas holiday.
As the holiday break nears, the group sent Congress the below statement, urging them to act prior to adjourning.
The statement reads:
“As our states’ chief legal officers, we urge Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning for the holidays. Congress must act to address the status of the youth and young adults who were brought into our country as children and who now live, work and attend school in our communities. These “Dreamers” are law-abiding residents who have passed extensive background checks, are employed, pay taxes and volunteer in countless ways to enrich our states. They are parents, community leaders, homeowners, and founders of businesses.”
“In addition to individuals who are currently losing their DACA status as Congress deliberates, come March, thousands of individuals will begin to lose their DACA protections daily.”
“As fellow leaders entrusted by the voters to protect the health, safety and well-being of our states’ residents, we ask members of Congress to address this critically important matter without further delay, as you have repeatedly committed to do, to ensure that Dreamers can continue to thrive without fear of deportation.”
Back in July, Balderas joined a group of 20 attorneys general that sent President Trump a letter calling on him to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program requires extensive background checks and protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, from deportation.
In September, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would eliminate the program, but also gave Congress six-months to come up with a solution.
In late November,, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., introduced legislation to protect young immigrants, who qualify under DACA, from deportation. The bill, Preserving Opportunity for Childhood Arrivals Act, would create a so-called 'conditional protected status' for current DACA recipients, allowing them to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.
Updated: December 18, 2017 11:54 AM
Created: December 18, 2017 11:46 AM
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