The “dreamers” call for a bipartisan solution in the US Congress.

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Washington (EFE) ends the year

At the foot of the Capitol, with the support of the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, and other progressive representatives such as Bob Menéndez, Catherine Cortez Masto and Alex Padilla, they asked not to wait for the new Congress which is will form in January because the cycle change can harm them.

“Dreamers” from across the country traveled to Washington to meet with members of Congress from both sides and demand permanent protection in this legislative session after the Nov. 8 midterm elections, in which Democrats retained control of the Senate but the Republicans are close to the majority. in the House of Representatives.

“There aren’t many excuses not to do it now,” Isidora Echeverría told EFE. He came to the United States when he was two years old from Chile and is a freshman at Columbia Law School.

She wants to be an immigration lawyer and her DACA license expires in 2024. People like her, she points out, can’t make long-term plans: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen in two years’ , she says, referring to the established renewal period.

A unanimous cry among the “Dreamers”

The original program was launched in August 2012 during Barack Obama’s tenure (2009-2017), in 2017 then-President Donald Trump ordered it canceled and subsequently numerous lawsuits led to the situation situation, which the “dreamers” expect to be solved by permanent reform.

A reform that takes up the 2021 American Promise and Dream Bill, already approved by the House of Representatives and pending in the Senate, or a new one negotiated in a bipartisan manner.

“We need the ‘dreamers’ more than ever and make sure Congress responds to the political reality we face,” Senator Dick Durbin, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and proponent of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters. project in 2001. Development, Relief and Education of Foreign Minors”, better known as the “Dream Act”.

A view of a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in a file photo. EFE/Mike Nelson

To have this project approved, which will facilitate the path to citizenship, the current Democratic majority in the Senate needs the support of ten Republican representatives.

In December, Durbin added, Democrats must make this long-awaited reform their priority to prevent the foreseeable change in political color in the House of Representatives from complicating the parliamentary process.

“It is not fair that they live year after year in limbo and in fear of deportation, after all they have done for our country,” said Senator Padilla, calling on his Republican counterparts to dare to publicly support the measure.

future in the air

The DACA program provided work authorization and protection from deportation to some 830,000 migrants who arrived in the United States as children.

A Texas federal judge ruled on Oct. 14 to uphold DACA for now, but barred from issuing new claims after declaring the protection illegal.

The Department of Homeland Security then issued a “final rule” that allows new petitions to be received, but they cannot be processed while litigation continues.

Hence the requirement for a bipartite solution that protects them: “The objective is citizenship. Here we grew up, we have our home and we have benefited our country,” says Javier Quirós, who arrived from Mexico at the age of three, who has been a “dreamer” since 2013 and whose permit expires on December 14. . .

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