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American Hope Act Introduced to Protect DACA Recipients and Immigrants Who Arrived As Children

Jul 28, 2017
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - On Friday, July 28th, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez and 117 colleagues introduced the American Hope Act of 2017. Recent actions by State Attorneys General and the Trump Administration have put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in peril. This bill would provide a permanent legislative solution for the more than 800,000 young people enrolled in DACA and put thousands of others on a path to earn permanent legal residency and eventual citizenship if they meet certain requirements.
An alliance made up of Members of House Democratic Leadership, the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered for a press conference in support of Dreamers, DACA, and this critical legislation. CHC First Vice Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) gave remarks, as did Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez – see here.
The full press conference can be seen here and the speakers included: CHC Immigration & Border Issues Task Force Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), Ranking Member on Homeland Security Subcommittee Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Ranking Member on House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (NY-14), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), and Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33).
First Vice Chair Castro Remarks:
“My colleagues and I are here today to announce the introduction of the American Hope Act of 2017, legislation that would codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was established in 2012.
The American Hope Act offers DREAMers a path to citizenship and improves college affordability by making it easier for students to access in-state tuition and loans.  
Since its creation five years ago, nearly 800,000 young people have enrolled in DACA. 
These are young men and women who know America to be their home – they’ve lived here for years.
Many were brought to this nation as very young children and have no memory of living in any other country.
They contribute to our economy, enrich our society, thrive academically, and defend our nation by putting their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. 
I’ve seen how this program strengthens our communities – my home state of Texas has the second highest number of DACA recipients, after California. 
I call upon all members of the House to consider signing on as a cosponsor to protect DREAMers from deportation.
There is an urgent need to get this done. 
A 10 state coalition, sadly led by Texas’ Attorney General, Ken Paxton, has threatened litigation against the Administration unless they rescind DACA by September 5th. 
This deadline is around the corner, there is no time to waste.”
Gutierrez press release:
Bill Text (pdf):
One-page Summary (pdf):
Dear Colleague from Gutierrez Lofgren Roybal-Allard and Lujan Grisham (pdf):
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.