WASHINGTON D.C. – House Democratic Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (D-CA), member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has co-sponsored The American Hope Act of 2017 to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) recipients from deportation and create a legal path towards citizenship for undocumented youth.
The American Hope Act would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to apply for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status.
They would subsequently apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and, ultimately, earn citizenship.
“I am proud to introduce this vital legislation with my colleague, Rep. Luis Gutierrez with strong support from members of the Democratic Caucus in order to protect over 800,000 DACA recipients and other immigrant youth from deportation," Sánchez said. "The American Dream is about perseverance. Success is not given to you. But when you’re not even given the opportunity to prove yourself, the very meaning of the American Dream becomes an empty promise."
Sánchez continued: “President Trump’s efforts to deport hard-working and law-abiding members of our society undermines our values as Americans. If you are a contributing member of the United States who’s lived here your whole life, works hard, pays taxes and stays out of trouble, you deserve the opportunity to have a legal path towards citizenship.”