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Committee on AppropriationsIntroducedApril 9th, 2019
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What is Senate Bill S. 1095?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1095
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.
- Sponsoring Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) Press Release
- Sponsoring Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) One Pager
- The Mercury News
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / narvikk)