Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday backed efforts to give pathways to citizenship for some illegal immigrants on the 9th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – as Republicans hammered her response to the crisis at the southern border.
Harris met with recipients of DACA – a 2012 Obama-era order which granted protection from deportation for illegal immigrants who came to the country as children. The administration and a number of Democrats have sought to enshrine the order in law, and to extend it to hundreds of thousands more who would now be eligible.
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“I will tell you, we are here on this day, on the anniversary of DACA, and I’m here on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration to tell you this administration fully intends to do everything in our power to protect our dreamers,” she said, using an activist-preferred term to describe DACA-recipients. ” There will be no question about that.”
Harris went on to call for the Senate to pass bills that would give a path to citizenship to those eligible for DACA at the start of 2021, as well as to illegal immigrant farmworkers and those protected by Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
“Even with DACA in place, we know that dreamers live in a constant state of fear about their status and about their future. And it is critically important that we provide a pathway to citizenship to give people a sense of certainty and a sense of security,” she said.
“The House of Representatives, of course, has passed the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce M
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