***For Immediate Release***
July 20, 2017
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed Statement on introduction of Senate’s Dream Act
Bipartisan bill would provide long-overdue process for young Nebraska immigrants to become citizens
LINCOLN — This morning, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R – South Carolina) and Dick Durbin (D – Illinois) introduced the bipartisan “Dream Act of 2017,” which provides a process to earn lawful permanent residence and eventual citizenship for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other similarly eligible young people who meet certain criteria.
These young immigrants, commonly known as “Dreamers,” were brought to the U.S. as children, grew up in our communities, and built their lives here, but currently have no way to become citizens. There are approximately 3,000 young Nebraskans who would be covered by the Dream Act.
Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued the following statement on the bill:
“The bipartisan Dream Act provides long-awaited certainty for hard-working young Nebraskans who grew up in our local communities by finally giving them the opportunity to become citizens of the only country they’ve ever known as home,” Tromanhauser said. “We applaud the introduction of this bill because it will bring a degree of security to DACA youth and their families and allow Nebraska to benefit even more fully from the contributions of these young people.
“The current DACA program has provided many young Nebraskans a temporary measure of stability as they attend school, begin their careers, and contribute their talents to their home communities. The DACA program has been applauded by a wide range of Nebraska’s community, business, school, agriculture, and faith leaders, as well as our elected officials. The Dream Act takes the next critical step in making the successful DACA program permanent in statute for young immigrant Nebraskans, their families, and communities.
“We encourage Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse to give their full support to the Dream Act. Our state is enriched by the contributions of the young Nebraskans who are anxiously awaiting to finally step down a clear path to citizenship.”
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