Bipartisan Dream Act Introduced in House
On July 20, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615), which would provide young people who were brought to this country as children and grew up, commonly known as Dreamers, in the United States the chance to apply for lawful permanent residence, if they meet certain requirements. A week later, on July 27, 2017, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the House version of the Dream Act (H.R. 3440).
Dreamers are an integral part of our country, and there is widespread, bipartisan support for providing them a path to citizenship. For more than 15 years, an overwhelming majority of the public has agreed that the Dreamer population is an integral part of our country and that they deserve a chance to build their lives here. The Dream Act of 2017 would give the many young, talented and contributing Dreamers just that opportunity. There is tremendous bipartisan support for Dreamers.
Dreamers contribute significantly to our communities and our economy. Dreamers each have their own stories - of seeking a better life, a better education, a chance to work, and a life free from fear - that are affirmations of the American Dream. With their hard work, perseverance, and deep community roots, Dreamers make our country stronger and better. Dreamers contribute significantly to our communities and our economy. Reports have shown that eliminating DACA would cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade, and reduce Social Security and Medicare tax contributions by $24.6 billion over the same time period.
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