House of Representatives Passes DACA Bill
Yesterday June 4, 2019 the United States House of Representatives passed the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2019” by a vote of 237 – 187 (1). The Dream Act calls to “cancel the removal of “DACA recipients, and “lawfully admit[ them] for permanent residence… valid for a period of 10 years”, and extends this to those whom were “never granted DACA, but would have been eligible” had it not been rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017″ (2). Additionally, the House bill makes aliens in the United States eligible for the same “permanent residence” if they meet the following requirements: the alien had “been continuously physically present in the United States [four years before this bill’s enactment],… was younger than 18 years of age on the date on which the alien initially entered the United States,… has not been convicted of- any offense under Federal or State law that is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of more than 1 year,… [and] has been admitted to an institution of higher education [or] earned a high school diploma [or equivalent]” (2). The bill also allows aliens removed “from the United States on or after January 20, 2017” (President Trump’s Inauguration Day) to be reconsidered for reentry if they meet the above requirements (2). The bill now moves onto the Senate where the Republican majority is likely to vote it down.