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Perlmutter Signs Petition to Bring DREAM Act to the House Floor
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in the United States legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of Members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation.
A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that nearly nine in 10 Americans support a program that allows these young immigrants – often referred to as DREAMers - to remain in the U.S.
“In deciding to end DACA, the Trump Administration pulled the rug out from under these young people leaving them with the fear of being separated from their family and the only life they’ve ever known,” said Perlmutter. “Terminating this program will also have a disastrous impact on our economy, resulting in a loss of roughly 700,000 jobs and billions in economic output.”
Nearly 800,000 DREAMers – including 17,000 in Colorado, have benefitted from the DACA program and are employed or getting an education.
“These individuals are our friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues, and they contribute to and enrich our social every day. We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of opportunity, and it’s time we find a permanent solution for these young people. I call on Republican leadership in both the House and Senate to quickly address this issue and bring legislation to the floor for a vote,” continued Perlmutter.
H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act, is bipartisan, bicameral legislation which would permanently protect DREAMers from deportation. Perlmutter also supports H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act which provides a path to U.S. citizenship by allowing DACA beneficiaries and other immigrant youth to apply for conditional permanent resident status and ultimately obtain full lawful permanent resident status if they meet certain requirements.
In 2012, President Obama signed the Executive Order authorizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program largely because of inaction from Congress on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. Congress now has until March 5, 2018 to find a legislative fix for DREAMers.