Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Dreamers Remain a Target of Republicans

January 25, 2015
Plain English Version

dreamers

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is under attack by Republicans.  President Obama began the program. It is for youngsters called dreamers. These are people whose unauthorized parents brought them to the U.S. as children.

The DACA gives the youngsters permission to remain in the country for two years. They can go to school and hold jobs. In some states, they can get driver’s licenses.

Republicans won control of both houses of the Congress in the 2014 election. They vowed to defund the dreamers program.

As a way to defund the DACA, Republicans attached an amendment to a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.  The amended bill passed the House of Representatives.  However, Democrats said the amended bill would not get enough votes to pass in the Senate.

Another amendment passed the House of Representatives that ended funding for immigrants covered in the president’s executive order. That order gave undocumented parents with American-born children the opportunity to achieve legal status.

Observers note that the Republicans had no trouble getting these amendments passed in the House. However, a good many Republicans voted against the amendment on the dreamers.

This means that some Republicans do not want to appear to be against unauthorized migrants. Foreign-born American citizens are expected to play a big role in the 2016 presidential campaign. And there are a growing number of young American-born voters who are the children of the undocumented.

Political experts say that Republicans want to show they can govern. However, other experts say if Republicans simply pass bills that go after immigrants, they will be passing bills that the president will veto. This will not give them a record to run on.

Source: The New York Times January 15, 2015

Print Friendly

Features

How Well Does Your Pet See?

Here is another way pets are like people. They can have vision problems. Sometimes the symptoms are easy to detect. Your dog or cat...

New Danger: The Bottom of Your Shoes

Do you take off your shoes when you go into someone’s home? Most Americans do not. It is common practice in Japan and Finland....

New Research: What it Means to Become a Mother

There is even a word that describes it. It is “matrescence.” The matrescence period begins during pregnancy and extends into motherhood. The signs can...

An Immigrant Artist in America

Nari Ward is an artist from Jamaica. He lives and works in a former Harlem fire station.

Nari Ward takes everyday objects – most...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!