WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan DREAM Act has been introduced in the House, following last week’s introduction in the Senate.
Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) introduced the House version of the bill. Like the Senate version, it would offer the opportunity for certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who either attend college or perform military service to earn lawful permanent residence.
Co-sponsors of the Senate version now include Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada).
“Empowering the most vulnerable is our moral and ethical calling,” said Dr. Tom Legrand, Pastor of Daybreak Community Church in Greenville, South Carolina. “Making the DREAM Act the law of the land exclaims the best of who we are and what we do. It is a statement of both American values and Godly principles.”
Legrand is one of many faith, law enforcement, business and other local leaders across the country who have offered support for the DREAM Act.
“A bipartisan DREAM Act should capture the attention of all members of Congress. The majority of Americans across the political spectrum — including most Trump voters — support a legislative solution for Dreamers,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Providing a constructive way forward for these young immigrants aligns with our shared values. Their contributions make us stronger.”