Dems push to protect immigrants with new bill

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | On Wed., March 20, at the Tenement Museum, on Orchard St., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressmembers Nydia Velazquez, Yvette Clarke, Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, along with community activists, called for passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

The act, introduced March 12 by Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard, with co-sponsors Velazquez and Clarke, alongside House Democratic leadership, provides protection from deportation for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients and an opportunity to obtain permanent legal status in the United States, if they meet certain requirements.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led elected officials at the Tenement Museum on March 20 in calling for passage of the American Dream and Promise Act.

According to The Center for America Progress, the average TPS recipient has lived in the U.S. for 22 years — the vast majority of that time in lawful status; while those who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) came to America at age 6.

The National Immigration Forum writes that protections in the American Dream and Promise Act would allow nearly 700,000 DACA recipients, as well as another 1.6 million eligible Dreamers brought to America as children, to stay in the U.S. The bill’s protections would also allow more than 300,000 TPS holders and up to 3,600 individuals with DED status to have the opportunity to remain in the country.

The Tenement Museum focuses on the history of Lower East Side immigrant families who lived in its two historic tenements during different eras.

7 Responses to Dems push to protect immigrants with new bill

  1. Correction. Dems push to protect illegal aliens with new bill.

  2. Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual ED, instructors, special need children & day care. School class size are negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a result.

    *Taxpayers in some states are funding "in state college tuition" discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, & more than 90% of those are in the U.S illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the criminal justice system.

    *Mexico received 33 billion last year in remittance. 120 billion total was sent out of the country in total remittance last year.

    *Every child birth by illegal aliens in the U.S is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)

    * Section 8 housing. Illegal aliens take full advantage of this program. Citizens & their families in poverty in many cases wait years behind non citizens for emergency housing.

    * City emergency services Taxpayer pay for every police, fire, paramedic service call for illegal aliens in their city. Taxpayers also pay for all hospital, emergency room treatments, ambulances, medications….everything. Hospital wait times for citizens are negatively impacted.

    *Congress is debating DACA and is costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Thank the parents and Barrack Obama.

    *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches. Visit youtube search "cost of illegal immigration."

    • "Thank the parents and Barrack Obama." This has been going on for a century now, so it's just idiotic to blame Obama… or plain racist. Average time in this country is 22 years! It'd be closer to blame the "Gang of 8" who didn't get reform passed when Bush said he would sign it. Too many fallacies to debate further. ugh.

  3. You ppl know nothing! These tps folks are basically Americans without papers! They work and abide by the law! Tps is a lawful program enacted by congress! Educate yourselves! Even the most conservative republicans are on board!!! Stop calling immigrants whove been contributing decades yo the evonomy and taking care of your elderly… illegals!!! God and history will be judging you

    • I know plenty. They got away with living here ILLEGALLY for decades. Fine. They had a good run and should consider themselves lucky. They have to go back.

      Ask any legal Hispanics how they feel about these illegals cutting the line and you will get an earful, BELIEVE ME.

  4. JIM, this response is dedicated to your comment.

    It seems like your biggest issue with the bill is the cost of taxpayers’ money. Fair enough. Although the legitimacy of your numbers are quite questionable, let’s just say they are right.

    But let’s be very clear about some of those facts.

    1) From taxpayers’ amount of money owed to IRS is indifferent for the cost of k-12 grade education regardless of having 30 students per class or 40 kids per class. Furthermore, one of the biggest supporter for DREAMERS are schools and teachers. So why are you complaining while those who actually feels the difference in the size of class are supporting them?

    2) Instate tuition hasn’t been around for very long. Perhaps a year or two max. The rest either cant afford to go to college, cant even get a higher level of education, or just pay the entire tuition in full if they are fortunate.

    3) Illegal immigrants are probably the least amount of folks getting into any sort of a legal problems. And even if they get into a legal issues, they are subject to be deported rather than to be incarcerated.

    4) That $3million (if that’s a correct number) could be significantly lower if the immigration system is not broken. There’s reason why people refer to US immigration policy as a broken immigration system.

    5) No comment on Mexico receiving money.

    6) I have no idea what made you believe your tax money is paying for illegal immigrants’ health care, hospital, etc. Let’s be very clear, they pay the bill in full without any benefit of health insurance. Because they aren’t qualified to get one. If they cant pay, they are subject to owe the amount to a later date. This is why so many of them refuse to visit hospital even if they are sick.

    7) the cost of Congress debating over DACA is due to the fact that they can’t come to a conclusion even though both parties as well as majority of American citizens supports them. This is primarily because of Trump’s border wall, which was promised to be paid by Mexico but is demanding taxpayers’ money instead. So complain to the president about this.

    8) in my knowledge, most of federal or state benefits require legitimate social security or legal documentation.

    Your concerns are sound, but there’s a huge misconception on your part. These illegal immigrants are also paying taxes. Perhaps not all, but most do knowing they cant receive any benefits whatsoever.

    Furthermore, the easiest answer to your concern is very simple. Grant them a paper, so that their tax revenue can be considered as a normal American taxpayer. There, problem solved.

  5. Get on line like everyone else, and stop with this asslum BS.

    This is all about getting them to vote so Democratics will stay power, and they will vote Democratic, our schools and fake stream will make sure of that.

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