Harder Cheers Passage of Dream Act
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today celebrated House passage of the Dream and Promise Act, legislation to give over 10,000 young immigrants in the Central Valley a pathway to citizenship. Rep. Harder was an original cosponsor of the bill, which would protect qualifying Dreamers who could be removed from the United States after the president ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2017.
“This is a step forward for over 10,000 young people in the Central Valley who work hard and contribute to our communities. I taught a lot of these kids at MJC, and I can tell you from experience, they deserve to stay,” said Rep. Harder. “Dreamers have done everything we’ve asked of them and are coming out of the shadows to get right with the law. Almost 80 percent of Americans believe they should have a path to citizenship. It’s far past time Dreamers get the opportunities they’ve earned.”
The Dream and Promise Act would provide continued conditional legal residence to Dreamers for ten years, during which time they could apply for permanent status. To gain permanent status, Dreamers would have to complete educational programs or serve in the military. Felons, gang members, individuals with more than two misdemeanors, and others deemed national security threats cannot qualify for the program.