American Hope Act of 2017 Underscores Inherent Worth and Dignity of All Immigrants

07.28.2017
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July 28, 2017

 

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American Hope Act of 2017 Underscores Inherent Worth and Dignity of All Immigrants

Bill is a “Refreshing” Reminder Some Members of Congress Listen to Their Constituents

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and over 100 co-sponsors, introduced the American Hope Act of 2017. Under the bill, immigrants brought to the United States as children who meet certain requirements would be eligible to apply for permanent residency and eventually citizenship.

The American Hope Act of 2017 addresses the diverse and valuable aspirations immigrants have. If the bill is enacted, people eligible for a roadmap to citizenship would include those with college degrees, those who went straight into the work force, and those raising families. This important recognition of the inherent worth and dignity that immigrants have is refreshing during a time when the Trump Administration distracts from failure with scapegoating.

The following is a statement by Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota:

“Legislation like the American Hope Act of 2017 proves that solution-oriented people are working on Capitol Hill, listening to the demands of their constituents. The DACA program works and we can fight for the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who are currently protected from deportation and also expand our definition of who is worthy of advocacy by making the requirements for qualifying for benefits under legislation more inclusive of the different paths in life people can choose.

“We live up to our values as a democracy when we strive for dignity and respect for all. This is the same as the Golden Rule that we teach children: treat others as you’d like to be treated. But unfortunately, we have a President who actively encourages violence against immigrants by law enforcement officers. The same people who are taught to uphold the values of our U.S. Constitution, which guarantees certain rights to everyone regardless of immigration status, are being given a green light by the Commander-in-Chief to give into prejudice. It’s deeply shameful to see such displays of hate for anyone who loves this country and its promises, as is the fact that we had to fight for health care while the House GOP approved a 1.6 billion dollar minibus to fund a border wall.

“As we enter into the August Recess, there are many decisions made by lawmakers that need to be examined and in some cases, reckoned with. Mi Familia Vota is proud of the way in which Latinos and immigrants have risen to the occasion during the Trump Administration, calling lawmakers to seek their support in immigration policy, climate change, and health care, among others. That is what resistance looks like – when communities of color understand that they have power and exercise it.

“We will continue to rise up for the DACA program and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), for the DREAM Act, for the American Hope Act. We’ll use all the tools we have, whether it’s our vote, our telephones to make calls, or our presence at a town hall, to ensure our voices are heard.”

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