In a meeting that lasted twice as long as planned, the president met a group of six dreamers who he pledged to continue fighting for the Senate to debate and pass the Dream and Promises Bill 2021 sent by the House in March . of representatives. The initiative includes a path to citizenship for dreamers and Temporary Protection Program (TPS) holders.
With a troubled scenario and the lack of Republican support in the Senate to advance the debate on immigration reform, President Joe Biden promised a group of Dreamers this Friday that he will continue to fight with them so that the Senate enact legislation that takes the path. of citizenship.
The meeting, scheduled for an emergency after a meeting between the president and the leaders of both parties in which the migration issue was excluded from the agenda, was attended by six dreamers, including some working on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and others integrated in organizations that defend the rights of immigrants
“The president was very honest with us,” said Esmeralda Tovar-Mora, one of the dreamers invited to the meeting. He asked about our family, our children, and our husbands. He was very nice. The meeting was supposed to last 45 minutes, but lasted an hour and a half, ”he added.
Tovar-Mora also said that “he promised us (the president) that he would have everything in his power so that the Dream Act (American Dream and Promise Act of 2021) is passed in the Senate. He hasn’t mentioned a date, but we know it must be before September for it to be passed and become law. ”
The president mentioned the possibility of Republican support for the bill passed by the House of Representatives on March 18. Tovar-Mora said Biden “hoped there will be maybe 10 Republicans who will support the project. And that you only need the courage ”.