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The American Dream and Promise Act – establishes a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers and for certain individuals who either held or were eligible for TPS or DED. The majority of these individuals have been in the United States for much of their lives, often with work authorization and temporary protections against deportation. Five years after attaining full LPR status, individuals are then eligible to apply for citizenship, a path that is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American public. H.R.
The legislation would provide millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants with a pathway to earned citizenship, including Dreamers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients, and essential workers who have made enormous sacrifices during the pandemic; prioritize family reunification and keeping families together; and bolster the country’s long-term economic growth.
“I am troubled by the recent reporting of plans to deport Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers. These deportations would continue a trend of denying asylum seekers and returning them to harmful situations. The reported violence and humanitarian crisis surrounding the conflict in Cameroon is escalating by the day with civilians and even children being killed.
In December 2017, the Department of Homeland Security updated its policy on the detention of pregnant woman that reversed previous guidance that discouraged incarcerating pregnant women barring extraordinary circumstances. The number of detentions decreased from 1,380 in calendar year 2016 to 1,160 in 2017, and then increased to 2,098 in calendar year 2018. The report found over 4,600 detentions of pregnant women between 2016 and 2018 and found that detention standards addressing care varied by facility.
“There are currently nearly 2,400 children in Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) custody, including licensed shelters.
Full text of today’s letter is available here or below.
April 13, 2020
"Imagine you’re an 8 year old child in a country you’ve never been to hundreds of miles from a home you will never see again and you’re walked into a courtroom with zero people in it. All that’s there is a TV screen showing you a judge, an ICE attorney and your interpreter.
"My office just got word last night that in three days, the Department of Justice will begin piloting this technique for immigrant children detained in Houston. Instead of being in the same courtroom as the judge, they will see their judge, who will be 800 miles away in Atlanta, on a screen.
Last week, members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – filed amicus briefs in the Second, Fourth, and Ninth circuit courts opposing the Trump Administration’s public charge rule. The Tri-Caucus filed the same brief in multiple cases at the district court level last year.
Each of the witnesses highlighted various aspects of the humanitarian crisis including the Migrant Protection Protocol, known as the remain in Mexico policy. This is the policy where the U.S. returns non-Mexican migrants to Mexico to await immigration court decisions. Doug Stephens, the first asylum official to publically criticize the policy, testified about his training, the interviews he conducted and his views about what he was asked to do in order to enact the new immigration policies.