Congressman Beto O’Rourke says that El Paso is at the center of a national debate when it comes to immigration policy.
“The President-elect has promised to immediately terminate President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to include deportation protections granted to DREAMers, young people brought to this country as children and who have registered with the government while they pursue their studies, serve in the military and continue to contribute to this country,” O’Rourke stated in a news release.
According to the American Immigration Council, there are approximately 1.8 million immigrants in the United States who might be, or might become, eligible for the Obama Administration’s “deferred action” initiative for unauthorized youth brought to this country as children, better known as the DREAMers.
DREAMers are named for the DREAM (is acronym for (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, the legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for undocumented immigrants in the US. The DREAM Act would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency.
In order to better understand the position these DREAMers are in, Rep. O’Rourke is hosting a community meeting this weekend to hear from Borderland residents on the subject.
O’Rourke adds, “I will be joined by community, faith and civic leaders to share DREAMers stories, discuss policy ideas and hear from you.”
The DREAMers Community Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 15th at 1:30 p.m. in San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso.