This bill — known as the Dreamer Protection Act — would prohibit federal funds from being used to apprehend, detain, or deport any unauthorized immigrant who was granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and lost their status directly or indirectly because of actions taken by the executive branch.
What is House Bill H.R. 1487?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1487
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) introduced this bill to protect so-called ‘Dreamers’ — unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents and were granted deferred action from deportation by the Obama administration:
“Dreamers are brave young men and women studying and working hard to pursue the American dream. They represent what is best about this great country, but Dreamers in my district and across the country are worried. They have heard our President say so many conflicting things about immigration policy, and they have seen him act on the worst of his promises, without empathy or consideration. This bill would provide Dreamers with the certainty that President Trump cannot rip them from the only country they know on a whim.”
The Trump administration has sent mixed messages to the country’s 750,000 Dreamers, with the president saying immigration authorities are “not after the Dreamers, we are after the criminals.” One Dreamer has been deported so far as reported by USA Today, Juan Manuel Montes. The Dept. of Homeland Security says violated the terms of DACA by leaving the country without getting the government’s approval as Dreamers are required to do, then trying to re-enter the country by climbing over a border fence where he was apprehended.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Dept. of Homeland Security / Public Domain)
Dreamer Protection Act
To prohibit use of Federal funds to apprehend, detain, or remove from the United States any alien who was granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, if the alien lost their deferred action status solely as a direct or indirect result of any action taken by the President or another Federal official.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryImmigration and CitizenshipIntroducedMarch 9th, 2017
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