Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed a bill to give more than two million undocumented immigrants a new path to United States citizenship. The DREAM and Promise Act of 2019 is designed to protect “Dreamers,” or migrants brought into the country without authorization as children and those whose home countries are disrupted by natural disasters or violence.
Supporters who pushed and voted to pass the bill say the measure not only represents humanitarian rights for these migrants, but also enables them to work legally and support the economy.
DACA and Dreamers
In 2001, DREAM or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act was introduced to Congress with a goal to allow those who entered the country as children without documentation to come forward and claim certain rights. While this country is essentially all these young men and women have ever known, they lack the essential documentation to fully integrate into society.
After Congress failed to pass the Dream Act, the Obama Administration introduced DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA offered these Dreamers the chance to pass a background check, apply for work permits, and request a consideration of deferred action for a two-year period subject to renewal.
Under DACA, nearly 800,000 people were able to live and work in the United States without fear of removal. DACA fostered family and community bonds and allowed recipients to contribute to the economy. While applications and renewals are currently being accepted for DACA, the program’s fate is in question. This summer the Supreme Court will take up the case for review.
The DREAM and Promise Act of 2019
The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 offers similar provisions to DACA and DREAM, giving recipients Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure. The bill’s financial impact is a cause of concern for many; it is expected to cost around $30 million in just the first ten years to fund federal benefits like Medicaid for these new recipients. Immigration advocates say even in defeat, the bill is a powerful symbol of their efforts to protect Dreamers. The bill currently awaits review in the Senate.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Advocate for Dreamers Living in the United States
Dreamers who arrived in the United States as young children and do not know any other way of life deserve the right to live and work in this country without the fear of removal. Yet with ongoing changes to DACA and other immigration laws, many have questions about their status. At Surin & Griffin, P.C., our compassionate and skilled Philadelphia immigration lawyers will review your situation and guide you through the DACA application or renewal process.
Because we are always aware of changes and updates to federal immigration laws and policies, we are able to provide effective legal counsel for your visa, citizenship, or sponsorship matter. To get started, call 215-925-4435 or complete an online contact form to schedule a consultation with a Philadelphia immigration lawyer today. Our office is located in Center City Philadelphia and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide.