Legislation allowing DACA recipients, also knows as “Dreamers,” to find work as Congressional aides advanced following a House Appropriations Committee vote, which passed the bill along a party-line vote.
“DACA recipients have a legal right to work in the US, and contribute to our economy and our communities,” said Committee chairwoman, Democrat Nita Lowey, adding, “It is well past time they be able to contribute to the business of Congress as well.”
Democrat Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who helped co-sponsor the legislation, touted the recent passage for affording Dreamers “the opportunity to learn, and to contribute to our great democracy, and represent their communities in Congress.”
Other Democrats, including 2020 contenders Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, have additionally shown support for the bill.
A bill that would allow so-called dreamers to work as staffers or interns in Congress was advanced on Thursday through a party line vote by the House Appropriations Committee.
The legislative branch appropriations bill will now advance to the House floor in June.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), a co-sponsor of the bill, celebrated its passage as a means to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to “contribute to our great democracy.”
That’s something they could already be doing if they took the time to become legal immigrants.
“By allowing DACA recipients to work on Capitol Hill,” Roybal-Allard stated, “we are ensuring that they have the opportunity to learn and to contribute to our great democracy and represent their communities in Congress.”
The text of the bill explains that “an entity may use amounts appropriated or otherwise … to pay the compensation of an officer or employee without regard to the officer’s or employee’s immigration status.”
“DACA recipients have a legal right to work in the U.S. and contribute to our economy and our communities,” chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said. “It is well past time they be able to contribute to the business of Congress as well.”
Lowey added that the vote shows “House Democrats are leading the way to fight for the people.”
Kamala supports, Bernie added dreamer to his campaign. A pair of 2020 candidates for president have already voiced their support for allowing DACA recipients to work in Congress.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) lamented that these “young people are banned from giving back to their country by working for Congress.”