In March of 2021, the House of Representatives voted to create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
The American Dream and Promise Act was drafted as part of President Joe Biden’s immigration proposals. The Act would grant legal status, and eventually citizenship, to immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children. These individuals are known as Dreamers. The bill would also provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to those individuals who cannot return to their countries due to conflict or disaster. Passage of the bill sparked hope.
However, the proposed bill faces steep odds as it goes to the Senate. If the bill passes, it will allow DACA recipients eligibility to apply for a ten-year permanent residency. The news is very exciting to the millions of DACA recipients who are just seeking a path forward in the country that has been their home since they were children.
The proposed bill is also exciting from an economic standpoint. Allowing DACA recipients and other qualified undocumented immigrants the chance to legally work in the United States would have the effect of filling gaps in the workforce. Areas such as healthcare are desperately in need of more workers, and allowing immigrants the chance to fill these positions would be a positive boost to the economy.
The proposed bill would also encourage more immigrants to attend college. Applicants for the proposal would be eligible for permanent residency if they earned a college degree, enrolled in a bachelor’s program for two years, served in the military for at least two years, or worked in the United States for three years.
A pathway to citizenship is something the immigrant community has been pushing for for decades. Young people just want to be able to live in the United States peacefully without worrying if DACA was going to end. Immigration activists see this victory as a sign that the new administration is willing to work with them and listening to their concerns.
If you are interested in exploring your options under DACA, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Serving Immigrants is here to help you achieve your immigration goals. Contact us online or call us at 305-924-1133 to schedule a consultation.