Nearly two million “Dreamers”, name given to immigrants who arrived in U.S. as minors, were left out of the bill that Congress will vote on this week to keep Government open through September 2023.
Democrats expressed their deep concern because the bill does not include agreements in favor of Dreamers, The Hill newspaper noted.
“While I´m relieved this omnibus spending package has no anti-immigrant provisions, I´m really disappointed to see that protections for our nation’s Dreamers did not reach the final agreement,” said Rep. Lou Correa, leading advocate for DACA.
Dreamers are currently facing up a double challenge, given nonstop demands by GOPers to repeal the DACA program.
On the one hand, nearly 600,000 Dreamers, who currently have been protected by such an initiative, risk losing their work permits and being deported whether the Supreme Court strikes down this program entirely.
On the other hand, tnearly 1.5 million Dreamers who do not currently have DACA benefits are in limbo, with no options to apply for legal status in the country where many of them have grown up.
“This is just another example of the political malpractice that has been waged against our immigrant communities for decades, perpetuating cycles of false hope for millions. We can and must pass meaningful immigration reform, and I will not stop fighting until we keep that promise,” said Correa.
During current Congress, the House passed two major immigration reform bills, on Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, and another that expands immigration options for agricultural workers.