O’Halleran Votes for Protections for DACA Recipients
WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, in the House of Representatives:
“Today, I joined my colleagues to pass a bipartisan bill that provides stability to millions of young adults who have lived most of their lives in this country but face great uncertainty following the Administration’s decision to end the DACA program,” O’Halleran said. “I have met with many Arizona DREAMers. They are doctors, teachers, students, and our neighbors, and they contribute to our local, state, and national economies every single day. They have been promised access to the American Dream, and today we are delivering that promise. We must pass bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the flaws in the system, but this is a good first start that will allow DREAMers to continue living and thriving in the only home they’ve ever known.”
The American Dream and Promise Act:
- establishes a path to both conditional and full lawful permanent resident status for DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) recipients, contingent upon educational, career or professional milestones, or military service.
- creates stringent bars that make ineligible any applicant deemed a risk to national security, convicted of any felony, or of certain misdemeanors, or who has in any way participated in gang-related offenses, with or without conviction.