ROSEN JOINS AMERICAN HOPE ACT TO PROTECT DACA RECIPIENTS
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) announced that she is signing on to the American Hope Act of 2017 to ensure all undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children have the opportunity to apply for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status, subsequent lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, and ultimately American citizenship. Recent news reports indicate that President Trump may soon terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a decision that would put nearly 1 million immigrant youth across the country at risk of deportation.
Congresswoman Rosen released the following statement on her support for DACA and the American Hope Act:
“If you grew up here, stayed out of legal trouble, and are contributing to our economy, then you should be able to live in the United States with peace of mind. DACA represents America’s best values of inclusion and opportunity, and ending this program would be a disgraceful and mean-spirited reprisal against the DREAMers who answered their nation's call to come out of the shadows and apply for deferred action. Shame on President Trump if he ignores the human impact of this critical decision and puts these young immigrants at risk. For the business community, terminating DACA would also remove thousands of workers and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity from our state. As the granddaughter of immigrants, I want these young people to be able to live, study and work here legally as part of the fabric of our communities and without fear of deportation. While we must continue to demand action on comprehensive reform that fixes our broken immigration system, I am proud to support this common-sense plan charting a path forward for DREAMers in my district and across the country.”
The American Hope Act would:
- Allow DACA beneficiaries and other immigrant youth to apply for conditional permanent resident status (“CPR status”).
- Allow those granted CPR status to obtain full lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (i.e., a “green card”) after 3 years if they stay out of legal trouble. Time spent as a recipient of DACA would count toward the required 3 years with CPR status.
- Provide a 5-year path to U.S. citizenship. Time spent in CPR status would count toward the general 5-year period needed for permanent residents to become eligible for U.S. citizenship.
- Allow minors to apply for CPR status through a legal guardian or counsel.
- Improve college affordability for undocumented youth and other immigrants by repealing rules that limit their access to in-state tuition and college loans.
- Treat all immigrant youth who arrived in the United States as children the same, regardless of educational level, military service, or work history.