“A Moral Emergency for Our Nation”
Zoe has described President Trump’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as “a moral emergency for our nation”. Some 800,000 DACA recipients brought to the United States as children are today vital members of our communities and economy. They are as American as any of us – except for paperwork. President Trump’s decision to turn his back on them betrays our national character.
As the Senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security and a former immigration attorney and immigration law professor, Zoe is working hard to grant DREAMers the legal status and path to citizenship that they deserve.
American Hope Act
In 2017, she introduced the American Hope Act to provide a permanent legislative solution for the young people enrolled in DACA and put thousands of others on a path to earn permanent legal residency and eventual citizenship if they meet certain requirements. Zoe is also an original co-sponsor of the Dream Act of 2017 – a bipartisan bill allowing certain U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship.
Democrats have made passage of a clean DREAM Act a top priority. The only question is whether Republicans will join them on the right side of history.