Adam Shaw, Fox News, July 14, 2021
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said on Wednesday that the $3.5 trillion budget proposal by Democrats in Congress will include a number of top liberal priorities – including pathways to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
Jayapal said during a press call that the resolution will include a pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers, TPS, essential workers, and farmworkers.”
By “Dreamers,” Jayapal was referring to recipients or those eligible for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which protected immigrants who came to the country illegally as children from deportation. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients are those from countries where it is deemed unsafe for them to return due to armed ongoing conflict, environmental disasters or “extraordinary and temporary conditions.”
While the details are unclear, past efforts at such pathways for farmworkers have been eligible for if they have worked 400 days or more in a five-year period and passed background checks and included seasonal or temporary work.
The package is likely to see significant opposition from Republicans and could require almost complete Democratic unity in both chambers to pass.