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senate Bill S. 1095

Should 'Dreamers' be Allowed to Work as Congressional Staffers & Interns?

Argument in favor

Dreamers have worked on the Hill as fellows funded by third parties and unpaid volunteers for years. It’s time to give them equal status with U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents in the process of applying for citizenship and allow them to be paid directly by congressional offices.

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09/08/2019
An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Spending our tax dollars at his golf courses. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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09/09/2019
Why not? They would have to pass security and background checks. Foreign Nationals are currently permitted access to select classified information employed in situations that require it. Why should this be treated differently? Besides I love the idea of demonstrating that not all of our Country is part of trump’s war on immigrants; and that the Dreamer’s who have lived their commitment to this Country are not going to segregated against.
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09/08/2019
DREAMERS should be allowed to do anything they are qualified to do.
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Argument opposed

Given the sensitive nature of the work many members of Congress and their offices are involved in, it makes sense to require their staffers and interns to be U.S. citizens. Dreamers’ exclusion from paid staff and internship positions in congressional offices makes sense in this context.

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09/08/2019
No Way Under The Sun...... Americans Citizens Should Be Preferred First Given the sensitive nature of the work many members of Congress and their offices are involved in, it makes sense to require their staffers and interns to be U.S. citizens. Dreamers’ exclusion from paid staff and internship positions in congressional offices makes sense in this context. Yes they should be paid, but not as non-citizens, in Governmental offices. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 9.8.19.....
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09/08/2019
I think they should work on becoming U.S. citizens BEFORE they go to work in Congressional Offices.
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Mike's Opinion
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09/08/2019
Absolutely no one should be allowed to work in, on, or for the government unless they are a citizen of the US. Zero exceptions !!
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedApril 9th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 1095?

This bill — the American Dream Employment Act of 2019 — would allow DACA recipients (known as "Dreamers") to work and secure paid internships in congressional offices. Currently, paid employment in the House and Senate is limited to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have begun the naturalization process. Additionally, in certain circumstances, refugees and asylees can also be eligible for Congressional employment. This means that Dreamers are currently excluded from job opportunities in congressional offices. 

Impact

Dreamers; Congressional employment and internships for Dreamers; and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1095

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced this bill to lift the ban on Dreamers working or securing paid internships in Congressional offices

“The giant sign outside my office says ‘Dreamers Welcome Here’ because we know and value the contributions that these young people have made to their communities. But right now, those same young people are banned from giving back to their country by working for Congress. That has to change. Government works best when it reflects the people it represents. Our nation’s Dreamers are some of our best and brightest, and it’s time they had the opportunity to get a job or paid internship on Capitol Hill.”

Original cosponsor Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) adds

“Congress prides itself on recruiting the best talent to craft policies that address America’s greatest challenges. Yet, we’ve created obstacles that keep some of our brightest young minds from fully contributing to our country. The American Dream Employment Act would expand Congress’ talent pool, give Dreamers a seat at the table, and strengthen policymaking for all Americans.”

House sponsor Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) says

“DREAMers are young people who call our country home, and they deserve a fair shot at opportunities that can shape their future. Telling these young people they cannot work in the seat of our government is like telling them they deserve something less than the American dream. That's the wrong message to send -- especially from an institution like Congress that could really benefit from their unique abilities and perspectives."

United We Dream supports this bill. Its Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, Greisa Martinez Rosas, who is a DACA recipient herself, says

"With programs like DACA, TPS, and DED, undocumented immigrant youth had the chance to live and thrive without the fear of deportation, but there were still barred from paid employment on Capitol Hill. The American Dream Employment Act is an important solution to this barrier, and this bill and similar proactive policies would open the door for immigrant youth to access opportunities within the halls of Congress. We hope to see congressional champions continue to address the structural educational and workforce barriers faced by undocumented people across the country. We also encourage congressional champions to dream big! Our communities need more solutions which reject sending more money to the deportation force and instead deliver citizenship, family unity, and dignity for all.”

Robin Hvidston, head of We the People Rising, an anti-illegal immigration group, opposes this bill. She argues that the internships received by Dreamers would be opportunities taken away from American citizen students. Hvidston asks: 

“How is this legislation fair to U.S. citizen students? Why does Senator Kamala Harris not have a sign outside of her door that welcomes American Citizen Dreamers? There are U.S. students all across the nation who are eager for  internships and other employment in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, but Senator Kamala Harris’ so called ‘American Dream Employment Act’ could potentially take the ‘American Dream from an American citizen student – a student who could be replaced by a DACA recipient under this proposed legislation.”

This legislation has 22 Senate cosponsors, including 21 Democrats and one Independent. Its House companion, sponsored by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), has 86 bipartisan cosponsors, including 85 Democrats and one Republican.

This bill is supported by United We Dream, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FWD.us, the Immigration Hub, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the National Immigration Law Center, and Unidos.


Of Note: Dreamers have worked on the Hill for years but their work is typically funded by fellowships by third parties or in an unpaid, voluntary position.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / narvikk)

AKA

American Dream Employment Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to enable the payment of certain officers and employees of the United States whose employment is authorized under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and for other purposes.

    An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Spending our tax dollars at his golf courses. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    No Way Under The Sun...... Americans Citizens Should Be Preferred First Given the sensitive nature of the work many members of Congress and their offices are involved in, it makes sense to require their staffers and interns to be U.S. citizens. Dreamers’ exclusion from paid staff and internship positions in congressional offices makes sense in this context. Yes they should be paid, but not as non-citizens, in Governmental offices. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 9.8.19.....
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    Why not? They would have to pass security and background checks. Foreign Nationals are currently permitted access to select classified information employed in situations that require it. Why should this be treated differently? Besides I love the idea of demonstrating that not all of our Country is part of trump’s war on immigrants; and that the Dreamer’s who have lived their commitment to this Country are not going to segregated against.
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    I think they should work on becoming U.S. citizens BEFORE they go to work in Congressional Offices.
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    DREAMERS should be allowed to do anything they are qualified to do.
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    No Citizens only need apply!!!!!!
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    Absolutely no one should be allowed to work in, on, or for the government unless they are a citizen of the US. Zero exceptions !!
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    Dreamers have lived here most of their lives. They are as a group as trustworthy as any other. It makes no sense to exclude them from paid internships
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    No way in hell! #MAGA
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    The argument that only U.S. citizens can be trusted to work in Congress and the White House is not based on any supportable evidence. Being a U.S. citizen doesn't guarantee anything. Many Dreamers have been here for years and should not be punished for a decision that they had no part in. Further we have the same stupid argument from Republicans/Conservatives who complain on the one hand about having to support Dreamers and immigrants yet on the other hand block them from being employed. What is worse is that they have no idea how irrational that is.
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    Why not? They are as American as anyone else in this country.
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    No as they are not citizens and have no legal rights to even be in the US
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    Not only that but they should also be given a clear path to citizenship!
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    Seriously. What a STUPID IDEA. How about picking your TRUE CONSTITUENTS first???? How disgusting the Democrats have become. But of course Kamala Harris doesn’t care about HER CONSTITUENTS. So tell us Kamala, what does your constituents think of you? Choosing illegal immigrants over American citizens is atrocious You should be ashamed of yourself. I am.
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    Don’t they already work there? I’m sure they do actually. What your really asking is should they get paid and the answer is YES.
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    Dreamers have lived here most of their lives. They are as a group as trustworthy as any other. It makes no sense to exclude them from paid internships
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    Given the sensitive nature of the work many members of Congress and their offices are involved in, it makes sense to require their staffers and interns to be U.S. citizens. Dreamers’ exclusion from paid staff and internship positions in congressional offices makes sense in this context.
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    Congress needs to address the issue of citizenship for the Dreamers prior to granting other entitlements.
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    Why not? Moscow Mitch could use one😁
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    Absolutely! We have to recognize that our diversity IS our strength
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