Momentum is growing among House Republicans to give legal status to immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as young children, a politically fraught idea that is drawing fire from both sides of the debate in Georgia.
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A path to legal status for Dreamers
House Republican leaders are crafting legislation – called the Kids Act – that would grant legal status to immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children. Here’s what some people are saying about this idea:
“I oppose any type of amnesty, whatsoever. It also takes jobs away from Americans … It is just not right. And I don’t accept it.”
Lori Pesta, member and former president of the Republican Women of Cherokee County
“As Dreamers, we oppose the Kids Act and any other efforts of pushing piecemeal legislation that will condemn our parents and our families in second-class status. We are very much outraged by this proposal to provide a pathway to citizenship to immigrant youths, while intending to leave our parents behind.”
Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream