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S. 1095: American Dream Employment Act of 2019

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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 ...

Sponsor and status

Kamala Harris

Sponsor. Junior Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Apr 9, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Apr 9, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 9, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rosen: Trump Admin Re-Opening Dreamer Deportation Cases is Unconscionable
    — Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 24, 2020

Rosen Meets with Nevada Dreamer, Reiterates Support for DACA and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    — Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 12, 2019

Rosen and Colleagues Hold Press Conference with DACA SCOTUS Plaintiffs Calling on Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Nation’s Dreamers
    — Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 17, 2019

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Apr 9, 2019

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S. 1095 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1095. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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