Democrats Press for House Action on Immigration

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks as Senate Minority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) listens during a news conference at the Capitol on September 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Durbin and Graham held a news conference to discuss the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that aims to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democratic lawmakers are slowing House debate on a spending bill by pressing for a vote on legislation to protect certain young immigrants from deportation and give them an opportunity to obtain legal status.

One by one, Democratic members of the House are lining up to display pictures of young people living in their congressional districts and offering brief descriptions of them.

For example, Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) has shown a picture of a young man he identified as Eduardo. Lowenthal says Eduardo attends UCLA and is an anti-bullying activist.

Lowenthal and the other Democratic lawmakers are trying to bring up legislation called the DREAM Act. It’s in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to formally rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Democrats Press for House Action on Immigration 6 September,2017KQED News Staff

  • Kurt thialfad

    We have a path to citizenship that brings in more new citizens annually than any other nation. We don’t need another path

  • Skip Conrad

    Most of these people are adults, not kids. Not all were smuggled into the US by their parents. Some came with one parent, some with relatives, some with coyotes, some alone. Not all were top of their high school class.
    Increase the criteria, and we can lower the numbers.

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