Memorial to Support Dreamers and Immigration Reform Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

by Staff Reporter / Feb 07, 2018 / comments

Memorial to Support Dreamers and Immigration Reform Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – A joint memorial to support Dreamers and immigration reform passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee today. HJM 20, sponsored by Reps. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), Senator Richard C. Martinez (D-Espanola), Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), and Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), would express the legislature’s support of Dreamers and requests a legislative commitment to work on immigration reform.

“Many immigrant parents bring their children to the United States to provide them with greater opportunities. We need immigration reform that does not require Dreamers to choose between their own futures and the futures of their undocumented families and neighbors,” said Rep. Javier Martínez.

“Dreamers and their families contribute to the fabric of our communities in a variety of ways, and it’s only right that we ensure our state does not take up the same rhetoric in the national conversation and instead stands up for families and inclusion,” said Rep. Angelica Rubio.

Nearly seven hundred and ninety thousand young Dreamers have received work permits and deportation relief nationally through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In September, 2017 President Donald Trump issued an executive order ending the DACA program. House Democrats support a comprehensive and workable approach to repairing the nation's broken immigration system, and support the DACA program and programs that provide a realistic pathway to citizenship.