Illinois has its own DREAM Act. It is now time to bring the DREAM Act to the national level. This will ensure that 1 million immigrant students, who were brought to America as minors by their undocumented parents, have a path to permanent residency and citizenship.
Until the DREAM Act will be passed, I also call for expanding deferred action status to some illegal immigrants and their children under DACA and DAPA!
I support S.744 or a similar bill which will create a path for 11 million undocumented immigrants. The bill allows ALL to register for the new Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) program to become lawful permanent residents. The DREAM Act and AgJobs would both be incorporated into the RPI program (but faster processing for those programs).
Further, there should be established standards for independent oversight of relevant agencies within the DHS to hold officials accountable for practices such as family separation and detention of children in cages.
I also call for the elimination of immigration detention centers. We would phase out the use of private detention centers completely. Statistically 80% of immigrants show up to the court dates and we can monitor immigrants through alternatives to detention such as ankle bracelets, bonds, and check-ins. There should also be better access to lawyers for immigrants seeking asylum.
I also believe in expanding the diversity lottery system. Adopting a merit-based system is condescending because the most successful people have achieved success here in this country through hard-work and grit. As long as they meet the qualifications and meet the requirements of a criminal background check, there should be no barrier to winning a lottery green card and fulfilling your American Dream.
We cannot and should not change our history of our heritage and where we came from. Another program that should remain is green cards being granted for the purpose of re-unification of families.