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house Bill H.R. 1468

Should Unauthorized Immigrants Brought Here Illegally as Children Have a Path to Permanent Resident Status?

Argument in favor

Young unauthorized immigrants who were brought to America illegally as children through no fault of their own deserve the chance to permanently remain in the country they grew up in and contribute to its greatness. This ensures they won’t face deportation to a country they barely know.

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01/06/2018
YES, of Course. Children are innocent victims of whatever their parents or guardians involve them in. America provides citizenship to children born to parents of the KKK, The Republic of Texas, many many other unethical, immoral, inhumane Conservative groups. Their children are all innocent victims.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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01/06/2018
Yes. When an adult illegally enters the US it’s a decision made knowingly. If they are deported they are going back to a country they know and grew up in but if a Dreamer entered the US illegally they were brought without a voice in that decision, most grew up as US children and know very little of their country of origin. They are for US children with all the aspirations, expectations and potential of a US citizen. The fact that this debate is be held just proves how much of a lie the Statue of Liberty is. It should be removed until we as a country earn the right to it.
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Rick's Opinion
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01/06/2018
These kids had no choice in coming here. It is unfair to punish them for this.
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Argument opposed

While well-intended, this bill does nothing to stem the flow of illegal immigration, and as a result the federal government will have to address the problem of children being brought here illegally again at a later date. Anyone who came to the U.S. illegally should have to go through the lawful immigration process, no exceptions.

RadicalModerate's Opinion
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01/06/2018
Too strict. Who decides what constitutes “good moral character”? Not the sociopathic greed driven monsters that currently hold office. One could argue that GOP membership is a strong indicator of mental illness, gun ownership and narcissism. Just saying.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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01/06/2018
Citizenship isn’t a right but a privilege and The United States can decide who it will grant it to regardless of the circumstances, The security of our nation is paramount to any other considerations, the assimilation, contribution to your state and nation (work and pay taxes, no freeloaders wanted) If you want to come do it legally!
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Leon's Opinion
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01/06/2018
No. Regardless of how much ‘intent, action, or willingness ‘ was involved in coming here, permanent status should not be given. I do support having a better work visa program that allows for resident status based on merit or normal immigration process (apply, get approved, and meet immigration requirements). These are not refugees - these are people that are here from an illegal act. If I steal from a bank do my kids get to keep it if I’m arrested? Of course not.
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  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Intelligence and Counterterrorism
      Committee on Armed Services
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedMarch 9th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 1468?

This bill — known as the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act — would protect young unauthorized immigrants (including the so-called “Dreamers) from deportation and provide them with a five year “conditional permanent resident status” if they meet eligibility standards and either enlist in the military, are gainfully employed, or pursue higher education. It would also provide them with a path to become a lawful permanent resident (green-card holder) if they continue to satisfy those criteria.

To qualify, applicants would have to establish that they: 1) came to the U.S. before age 16 and have lived in the country since at least January 1, 2012; 2) pass a government background check and demonstrate “good moral character” with no felony or multiple misdemeanor convictions; 3) earn a high school diploma or an equivalent; and 4) either demonstrate an intent to join the U.S. military, be admitted to an institution of higher education, or have a valid work authorization. Applicants would also have to register with the Selective Service System, undergo a medical exam, submit biometric and biographic data, and complete security and law enforcement background checks.

The conditional permanent resident status could be extended for a second five year period if the applicant has done one of the following:

  • Enlisted in the military or an active-duty reserve component for at least three of the preceding five years;

  • Graduated from an institution of higher education;

  • Been employed for at least 48 months during the preceding five-year period.

Once conditional permanent resident status is extended, recipients could apply to become a lawful permanent resident (green-card holder) if they continue to meet the requirements established by this bill. If a recipient fails to meet those conditions their conditional status would be revoked. Recipients enlisted in the military could apply for naturalization (citizenship) immediately after obtaining lawful permanent resident status.

Impact

People who would be eligible for conditional permanent resident status; and DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1468

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced this bill to provide a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children:

“Over the years many immigrant children have arrived in our country — brought by their parents who either illegally crossed one of our borders or overstayed their visas. For most of these young people, the United States is the only country they have ever called home. They attended school with our own children, graduated high school and today they are seeking to serve in our military, pursue a college degree or certificate and contribute to the economy by working.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed this bill and expressed her preference for the Dream Act, saying “with all due respect I don’t think something is picking up steam when they have 28 people and we have 193” in reference to the number of cosponsors the House version of the Dream Act has.

This legislation has since picked up additional cosponsors, bringing the total to 35 in the House which includes 34 Republicans and one Democrat.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: JayLazarin / iStock)

AKA

Recognizing America's Children Act

Official Title

To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

    YES, of Course. Children are innocent victims of whatever their parents or guardians involve them in. America provides citizenship to children born to parents of the KKK, The Republic of Texas, many many other unethical, immoral, inhumane Conservative groups. Their children are all innocent victims.
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    Too strict. Who decides what constitutes “good moral character”? Not the sociopathic greed driven monsters that currently hold office. One could argue that GOP membership is a strong indicator of mental illness, gun ownership and narcissism. Just saying.
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    Yes. When an adult illegally enters the US it’s a decision made knowingly. If they are deported they are going back to a country they know and grew up in but if a Dreamer entered the US illegally they were brought without a voice in that decision, most grew up as US children and know very little of their country of origin. They are for US children with all the aspirations, expectations and potential of a US citizen. The fact that this debate is be held just proves how much of a lie the Statue of Liberty is. It should be removed until we as a country earn the right to it.
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    These kids had no choice in coming here. It is unfair to punish them for this.
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    This bill is a great step in the right direction and enshrines DACA in law rather than administrative action that is subject to the whim of each successive administration. Allowing individuals who were brought to this country as children (and thus had no say in the process) and who consider themselves hardworking Americans is just about the most patriotic and American thing you can do. Support this legislation - it is good pro capitalism, personal freedom, and for the United States of America.
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    Children are not capable of making the decision to enter the country illegally; they are bound by their parents and have no fault in the decision of those that brought them here. They therefore should not be punished for illegal activity by use of deportation.
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    Citizenship isn’t a right but a privilege and The United States can decide who it will grant it to regardless of the circumstances, The security of our nation is paramount to any other considerations, the assimilation, contribution to your state and nation (work and pay taxes, no freeloaders wanted) If you want to come do it legally!
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    How can we honesty say to people taken to this country as children that they shouldn’t be in this country and that they should go back home to where their parents brought them from? It’s absurd. They should be allowed to stay in this country. However, this bill needs to include a pathway to citizenship instead of just permanent resident status.
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    No. Regardless of how much ‘intent, action, or willingness ‘ was involved in coming here, permanent status should not be given. I do support having a better work visa program that allows for resident status based on merit or normal immigration process (apply, get approved, and meet immigration requirements). These are not refugees - these are people that are here from an illegal act. If I steal from a bank do my kids get to keep it if I’m arrested? Of course not.
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    This has to be paired up with a border wall, increased immigration enforcement, more border patrols, an E-Verify system, and a merit based legal immigration policy. Oh and end them chain migration crap. Then I’d support this
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    They did no wrong and this is the only country they know
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    #CleanDreamActNow
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    No one should be given citizenship if they came to America illegally.
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    There is actually no room for debate. Any child brought into this country by its adult guardians or parents, must be afforded the same status as any other child residing in this country. Children deserve protection and opportunity. Only the most hardened of heart and closed minded cretin would think otherwise.
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    We haves invested in these children and many are serving our country in productive careers. Having them continue to be part of the American dream is what this country is based upon. How they got here is not a blame to the dreamer and they should not be punished.
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    Absolutely. DACA was a wonderful program with a high rate of success. Children are not in control of these situations. They shouldn’t be punished.
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    They should have a path to the bus station to return them and there families to there home countries so they can apply to come here legally.
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    Yes, this is bipartisan as many republicans also believe in the dream act. If we lose the dreamers we not only lose friends and neighbors, but doctors, soldiers, engineers, thousands of law abiding people that contributed way more to the country than they get out.
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    Dreamers are dedicated, intelligent youth and they play an important part in the development of our communities.
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    Do it legally or forever lose your privilege to come here and stay
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