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Resolution to Support a Clean DREAM ACT

 

Whereas, On June 15, 2012 President Obama announced an executive action, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that changed immigration policy to allow qualified young adults to remain in the country without the fear of deportation and grant temporary work permits; and

Whereas, according to a 2014 Pew Research estimate about 1.1 million young adults are eligible for DACA, according to 2017 National DACA Study, DACA has increased recipients’ hourly wages by an average of 69% giving them additional purchasing power which boosts economic growth, according to the same study 65% of respondents reported purchasing their first car, 16% of respondents purchased their first home, and research shows that DACA beneficiaries will contribute $460.3 billion to the U.S. GDP over the next decade; and  

Whereas, on September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced that it will rescind the program and phase it out over the next 2.5 years; and

Whereas, the looming threat to DACA by the Trump administration encouraged Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) to introduce the Dream Act of 2017 in both houses of Congress; and

Whereas, passage of this legislation will reinforce the principles this country is founded on that we are a country that practices what we preach; e.g. liberty, and justice for all; and

Whereas, the Senate version of the Dream Act, introduced in July 2017, allows current, former, and future undocumented high-school graduates and GED recipients a three-step pathway to U.S. citizenship through college, work, or the armed services; and

Whereas, the Dream Act of 2017 would grant recipients an initial conditional permanent resident (CPR) status for eight years, to be eligible, applicants would have to:

  1. be undocumented, a DACA recipient, or a TPS beneficiary (people with final removal orders,
    voluntary departure orders, or who are in removal proceedings would be eligible),
  2. have entered the U.S. before the age of 18,
  3. have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since at least four years before the date of the Dream Act’s enactment,
  4. have maintained continuous presence in the U.S. until the date they apply,
  5. meet the education requirement through one of these ways:
    a. they’ve been admitted to a college, university, or other institution of higher learning, or
    b. they’ve earned a high school diploma or general education development (GED) certificate, or
    c. they are currently enrolled in a secondary education program to assist in obtaining a high school diploma or GED certificate,
  6. have not been convicted of certain criminal offenses,
  7. pass a medical exam,
  8. pass a background check; and

Whereas, anyone who maintains CPR status can obtain lawful permanent residence (LPR) by satisfying the following requirements:

  1. not have abandoned their residence in the U.S;
  2. have done one of the following:
  1. acquired a degree from an institution of higher education, or
  2. completed at least 2 years in a bachelor’s degree program, or
  3. served for at least 2 years in the uniformed services, or
  4. been employed for periods totaling at least 3 years, at least 75 percent of which time was working with valid employment authorization. (If the person was not working, they must show that they were enrolled in school or an education program.)
  5. A hardship exception may be available for people who do not meet at least one of the four requirements listed immediately above;
  1. demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak English and show a knowledge and understanding of U.S. civics;
  2. not have certain criminal convictions on their record.
  3. pass a background check; and

Whereas, the 2017 clean Dream Act would improve college affordability for undocumented students by repealing section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), which currently discourages states from making undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition or providing them other higher education benefits; and

Whereas, the clean Dream Act of 2017 will provide a 13-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth; let it be

Resolved, that AROS Houston supports the clean Dream Act of 2017 and stands in solidarity with all the undocumented young adults in our nation; and further

Resolved, that the AROS Houston schedule meetings, organize phone banks, and/ or send letters about the proposed legislation; and

Resolved, that AROS Houston requests for Congress to act and pass a clean version of the Dream Act of 2017 that includes no added enforcement; and further

Resolved, we recognize that these individuals are more than an immigration status, economic impact, or a nine-digit number, we fully recognize that we are talking about human lives and want our undocumented community to know that AROS Houston is here to support and serve them; and  

Resolved, that the AROS Houston publicize to its members the importance of supporting this legislation;

Resolved, that copies of this resolution will be shared online and via social media.

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Ms. Eleanor Chavez, Chair
Mr. Daniel Santos, Co-Chair

Resolution to Support a Clean DREAM Act