About the bill
Should children of undocumented immigrants be allowed to work for members of Congress?
Under current law, employment in the U.S. Senate or House — such as policy aides or research assistants — are only for U.S. citizens.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, established in 2012, allows children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country under a certain age to receive work permits as adults. However, the ban on such individuals working in the U.S. Senate or House remains.
For example, one freshman member wasn’t allowed to hire his winning campaign’s own political director onto his congressional team, because she wasn’t a citizen.
The Trump Administration has tried to rescind the program, but federal courts have blocked that move and maintained the program’s existence …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Length: 2 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on January 17, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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86 Cosponsors (85 Democrats, 1 Republican)
What legislators are saying
“Rep. Cisneros Statement on the Introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019”
— Rep. Gilbert Cisneros [D-CA39, 2019-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 13, 2019
Mar 23, 2016
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 4842 (114th).
Jan 17, 2019
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Mar 18, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 2029 (117th).
H.R. 668 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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