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Polis: It’s past time for Congress to do its job and vote on a bill to protect Dreamers

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Washington, May 16, 2018 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed a “discharge petition” alongside 213 other Members of Congress to require an immediate vote on legislation to protect Dreamers.   

“The situation is dire.  It is not hypothetical - 16,000 young people in Colorado and 700,000 nationwide are hanging in the grey zone with the possibility of being deported from the only country they know as home,” said Polis.  “On both sides of the aisle, there are Members of Congress who want to protect Dreamers.  Let’s get it done.  It’s past time for Congress to do its job and vote on a bill to protect Dreamers.”

Since the announcement that the Trump administration will terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Polis has been exhausting every possible option to find a fix that is as expansive and inclusive of as many dreamers as possible.  He is a sponsor of the Dream Act, and has offered the Dream Act as an amendment multiple times.  He is also the sponsor of the USA Act; BRIDGE Act; American Hope Act of 2017; ENLIST Act.  He participates in a taskforce on immigration with the bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, and has been actively collaborating with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

This discharge petition would force the House of Representatives to vote on bills to protect Dreamers, including the bipartisan “Dream Act of 2017” and the bipartisan “USA Act of 2018.”  The proposal receiving the most votes would be adopted, under a “Queen-of-the-Hill” procedure.

The American people want Congress to pass a Dream Act, as do the business, religious and law enforcement communities:

  • 84 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for Dreamers or permanent status;
  • 88 percent of Independents back a path to citizenship or permanent status;
  • 70 percent of Republicans back either citizenship or permanent status.

About:

Polis has been a consummate champion for fixing our broken immigration system to align with American values since joining Congress.  In October 2013, he introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill that would have improved national security, streamlined our country’s guest worker system, and created a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented individuals.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would have reduced the deficit by nearly $200 billion over ten years.  The Senate companion of this landmark bill passed in June 2013 and was widely heralded as one of the most significant attempts at comprehensive immigration reform in decades.  He is also the co-chair of the Congressional Mexico Friendship Caucus.

Prior to serving in Congress, Polis founded The New America School - a network of charter schools in several states serving new immigrants and English-language learners.

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