U.S. lawmakers, most of whom are Democrats, voted Thursday, saying foreigners came to the United States illegally when they were a minority. However, such a move, as promised by President Joe Biden, is unlikely to be passed in the state in the Senate.
The U.S. House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, approved 197 by 228 votes on Thursday, March 18, leading to the regularization of the approximately 700,000 “dreamers” who came to the United States as minors. “It’s time for Congress to clear the path to citizenship for dreamers,” US President Joe Biden tweeted before the vote.
Democrats also have a majority in the Senate, but at the very least they will not allow this speech to be adopted without the support of ten Republicans. An opportunity today is highly unlikely as many in the party believe that such measures will encourage the new arrival of undocumented immigrants.
Under Democratic President Barack Obama, the United States implemented the DACA program in 2012, aimed at protecting these “dreamers” (“dreamers”) from deportation, who entered the United States illegally as children and then live there. But it was canceled by Donald Trump in 2017, opening up a period of great uncertainty for these young people under the age of 30. In June 2020, the US Supreme Court reviewed the plan and found that he had committed a fraud.
The Democratic Bill leads to their normalization, as well as the granting of temporary protection status (DPS) to citizens of countries affected by dangerous or natural disasters.
“These are our teachers, our professionals, our CEOs, our entrepreneurs,” and “many of them are at the forefront of the epidemic,” said Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic House in the Hemisphere.
In the process, the chamber approved a speech aimed at facilitating the obtaining of residence permits for migrant agricultural workers, with broad support: 247 votes in favor and 174 in favor.
“Public apology” to the right
According to Liz Cheney, a third Republican in the House, both laws provide for a general amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. “We need to focus on strengthening the border and improving the legal immigration system.”
Joe Biden has promised widespread migration reform, which will pave the way for the naturalization of about 11 million illegal immigrants. However, the bill is currently unlikely to be passed in the Senate. If they promise to continue working on this profound reform, the Democrats have chosen the first vote on these two targeted laws.