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HIAS Supports Introduction of Dream Act
WASHINGTON — Today, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham introduced the Dream Act in the Senate. If passed, the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented people, including current DACA recipients, those eligible to apply for DACA, and other immigrant youth.
The Dream Act is an important step forward in protecting undocumented immigrants, many of whom are essential workers who have helped the United States weather the COVID-19 pandemic. HIAS applauds the introduction of this legislation and hopes it will be a first step toward granting citizenship to all 11 million undocumented people currently in the United States.
“The people covered by the Dream Act are our neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ senior vice president for public affairs. “The Dream Act is a good step that recognizes the immense value of these members of our communities and offers a chance at security and peace of mind for millions.”