- LAST MINUTE: Immigration reform continues to be discussed and Kamala Harris breaks the silence.
- “They deserve a path to citizenship,” she said.
- In addition, she said that the US “is their home, this is their home.”
Immigration reform is still ‘pending’ and Kamala Harris breaks the silence. Will the papers finally arrive? The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris breaks the silence on a proposal that would give citizenship to millions.
The vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, assured this Thursday that the “dreamers”, as the young people brought to the country as children by their undocumented parents are known, “deserve a path to citizenship,” according to Efe.
Immigration reform in Congress as Kamala Harris breaks the silence
“I want to make it clear to the dreamers who are here, and to those who are watching from home: This is your home, this is your home, and we see you and you are not alone,” said Harris, who met today with “dreamers” and activists days after a judge ordered the suspension of the program that protects them.
On July 16, a federal from Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which protects “dreamers” violated US law when it was created. Also, the judge prohibited granting new permits.
They deserve “all rights,” says Vice President Kamala Harris on immigration reform
Harris noted that members of the Armed Forces, college students, people who work in companies that are part of the Fortune 500 list and “at least 200,000 frontline workers who saved the lives and protected the lives of people they did not know” are “Dreamers”.
The vice president, the daughter of immigrants, stressed that both she and President Joe Biden recognize these young people “as the Americans that they are,” and indicated that they deserve “all the rights that come with US citizenship.”
Immigration reform on the way and Kamala Harris finally talks about decision that left thousands ‘without papers’
Regarding the federal judge’s ruling, he pointed out that “it will not immediately impact” the current beneficiaries of this program that has protected about 650,000 young people from deportation, but admitted that it will put hundreds of thousands of immigrants “in danger”, according to with Efe.
In addition to temporarily stopping the deportation of your beneficiaries, DACA grants a temporary work permit and travel authorization out of the country. “Our Administration is taking action,” said Vice President Harris.
Kamala Harris calls for a “path to citizenship”
Kamala Harris also urged Congress to create “finally a path to citizenship” by supporting legislation that protects it, Efe points out. A day after the ruling, Biden urged Congress to approve “with the greatest urgency” a law that allows “dreamers” to have access to US citizenship, says Efe.
In addition, the President announced that the Department of Justice will challenge the Texas judge’s decision against this program created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama and that now-former President Donald Trump wanted to end.
Reform for all
Harris confirmed what Biden said and noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose a new rule on the DACA program. meanwhile, an undocumented woman was left with a strong lesson after her encounter with Kamala Harris.
“I am not alone in this fight” that is the lesson that a meeting this Thursday with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, and a dozen immigrants and activists who met to evaluate the future of the 11 million undocumented people who are looking for their papers, points out Efe.
Speak and give news for those affected by order of a Texas judge
Bautista, member of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants (CHIRLA), was part of the group of “dreamers” and activists who met with Kamala Harris almost a week after federal judge Andrew Hanen of Texas ordered the suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for newcomers. applicants, says Efe.
The 18-year-old, who was directly affected by the order as she was a new applicant for whom the request was not approved before the ban, told Efe that at the meeting, which she attended virtually, she was able to confirm that in its efforts to achieve legalization it is not alone.
“All eleven million”
Harris told those present at the meeting that the United States “is the home” of the Dreamers and that “they are not alone.” “For me the support of the vice president was very important, but also to see that everyone in the meeting was speaking not only for the dreamers but for all the groups, all eleven million,” said Diana Bautista, born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
In her participation from Los Angeles, the undocumented Mexican described how her family has been living in the United States for more than 17 years and that the family’s greatest desire is for her to be able to obtain DACA protection, Efe points out.
“It must be done now”
But now-former President Donald Trump shattered her dream by ending protection a month before her 15th birthday. Hopes of getting a work permit collapsed again last week after the Texas judge’s ruling.
Harris heard how Bautista’s dreams of becoming a lawyer have stopped like those of many immigrants, so the young woman urged the vice president to ask Congress to find a solution. “You’re right, it must be done and it must be done now,” Harris replied to the immigrant.
“They do not understand what we have experienced”
For the young Mexican, the need for legalization must cross the border of the “dreamers”, an opinion that, according to her, the White House shares. He highlights that, like activists and the immigrant community, Harris admits that the road is going to be very difficult.
In addition, the undocumented woman considers that the biggest problem is that there are opposition groups that “have simply never been in the shoes of the undocumented community”, “They do not understand what we have lived,” said Diana Bautista according to Efe.
“We can achieve a change and a reform for the eleven million”
“But that is precisely the challenge, and if we all come together we can achieve a change and a reform for the eleven million,” insists Bautista, who does not want to leave his parents, his classmates and the dozens on the road to legalization. of members of your community.
Asked if she is more hopeful about the approval of an immigration reform after the talk with the vice president, Bautista assures that her hopes are based on the “joint struggle.” He adds that he appreciates the work of the White House but that they will not stop pressing for inclusive immigration reform.
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