Kamala Harris co-sponsors bill to let ‘Dreamers’ work on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON (KUSI) – Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that lifts the ban on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients from working on Capitol Hill.
The American Dream Employment Act is co-sponsored by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NM), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill). It was first introduced in the House by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and gained the support of 57 bi-partisan co-sponsors, including San Diego’s Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA). You can see the list of 57 by clicking here.
The bill would “enable the payment of certain officers and employees of the United States whose employment is authorized under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and for other purposes.”
In a statement, 2020 Democrat hopeful Kamala Harris said, “The giant sign outside my office says ‘DREAMers’ Welcome Here’ because we know and value the contributions that these young people have made to their communities. But right now, those same young people are banned from giving back to their country by working for Congress. That has to change.”
Harris’s office says the bill would apply to employment in both the House and Senate.
Tuesday, Harris put out multiple tweets detailing her support for the bill.