Activists in Orlando are lobbying U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to hold out for a clean DREAM Act to protect the rights of undocumented immigrants who came here with their families in childhood. These activists are putting pressure on the legislators not to pass another spending bill without including a clean DREAM Act as part of the package.
What Is the DREAM Act?
The acronym DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors and has been used since the DREAM Act was first introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch from Utah and Dick Durbin from Illinois in 2001. The legislation would have provided a mechanism for undocumented immigrant minors to achieve temporary and then permanent residency in the U.S. President Donald Trump revoked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September 2017, leaving many undocumented minors to seek advice from Orlando immigration lawyers about their legal status in this country.
What Is a Clean DREAM Act?
In several of the versions of the DREAM Act that have failed to pass, a number of other provisions were added that would increase funding for enforcement of immigration regulations, expand the prison system and even build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Orlando lobbyists are asking for a simple and uncluttered bill that would provide a pathway to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants who came here with family as children or teenagers.
The Orlando Trust Act Ordinance
Another point of contention between immigration rights activities and the city of Orlando is the controversial Trust Act ordinance proposal, which would limit the cooperation provided by the Orlando police department to agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more commonly referred to as ICE. Proponents of the Trust Act believe that it will build trust between law enforcement officials and undocumented immigrants to promote a safer and less exploitative environment for these vulnerable individuals.
The Orlando immigration lawyers at Pozo Goldstein can provide professional legal services to help you resolve your immigration issues. We offer aggressive and effective representation for our clients to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your family. Call us today at 407-956-4359 to schedule your free consultation with us. We look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve your goals of residency and citizenship in the United States of America.