Legislation allowing “DACA” recipients to find work as Congressional aides has advanced.
Legislation allowing DACA recipients, also knows as “Dreamers,” to find work as Congressional aides advanced following a House Appropriations Committee vote, which passed the bill along a party-line vote.
“DACA recipients have a legal right to work in the US, and contribute to our economy and our communities,” said Committee chairwoman, Democrat Nita Lowey, adding, “It is well past time they be able to contribute to the business of Congress as well.”
Democrat Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who helped co-sponsor the legislation, touted the recent passage for affording Dreamers “the opportunity to learn, and to contribute to our great democracy, and represent their communities in Congress.”
Other Democrats, including 2020 contenders Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, have additionally shown support for the bill.
A bill that would allow so-called dreamers to work as staffers or interns in Congress was advanced on Thursday through a party line vote by the House Appropriations Committee.
The legislative branch appropriations bill will now advance to the House floor in June.
It overrides current provisions, added within annual appropriations bills, barring noncitizens from working in the federal government.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), a co-sponsor of the bill, celebrated its passage as a means to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to “contribute to our great democracy.”
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