Hispanic Caucus Members Want “Dreamers” to Work for Congress
As Donald Trump tries to use a temporary extension of protections for “Dreamers” as part of his deal to try and get funds for a southern border wall, a group of Hispanic Caucus members wants to make sure the DACA recipients are welcome in the halls of Congress. Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Darren Soto (D-FL), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), and Norma Torres (D-CA) have introduced the DREAMer House Employment Act which would make “Dreamers” eligible for employment by an office of a member of the House of Representatives. Currently, DACA recipients cannot work for House members because their status is granted by executive order, not a law. To be employed by a House office in a paid position in the continental U.S., an individual must be a U.S. citizen; be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship; be admitted as a refugee or granted asylum and have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or “owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).” The legislation would grant “Dreamers” authorization to work for the House under this last option. “Our DREAMers embody the very best of our American values. ... There is no question, DREAMers are America’s children and like any other young person in this country, they deserve the opportunity to work in Congress,” said Vargas. Espaillat and Soto expressed regret over not being able to permanently hire “Dreamers” who have interned for them. Torres added that “DREAMers represent the best of who we are—they are lawyers, doctors, and engineers. They are just as American as any us, and they deserve to be represented in the United States Congress.” García concluded with, “America is the only country most DREAMers call home. They share our ideals and patriotism. If they have an employment authorization document obtained through the DACA Program, there is no reason why they should be excluded from the possibility of employment in the U.S. House of Representatives.” More here.