HOUSTON - U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have abandoned the DACA issue, forgetting about the young people caught in the middle of the immigration battle.
On Friday, the Houston-area representative held a press conference to address how she plans to fix DACA.
"Many come and many work as hard as they can, and more importantly their children, then become our doctors and lawyers, our EMS paramedics. They come here and invest in this nation," Jackson Lee said.
She added she wants to provide relief to Dreamers and will introduce legislation to help temporary protected status recipients.
"Today, I am going to introduce the American Values Act, which is going to restore the rights of all TPF status and groups that have now had their rights eliminated," the congresswoman said.
Lee said the Keep America's Values Act will extend temporary protected status until Feb. 21, 2021 and it will give immigrants time to pursue legal status or a path to citizenship.
Prior to the press conference, the congresswoman released the following statement:
"It is outrageous that Trump and the overwhelming majority of Congressional Republicans have abandoned this country’s young DACA recipients. It is time we end this mess, created solely by the president and his Twitter fingers, and bring certainty and closure to the lives of so many of these people. That is why I have joined the USA Act as a co-sponsor, which if passed will bring relief to many DREAMERS living in uncertainty.
I will also soon introduce legislation providing relief to those living under temporary protected status (“TPS”). Since taking office, the president has been systematically disrupting the lives of TPS beneficiaries who fled violence, disaster and other difficult human conditions. The Keep America’s Values Act, which I will soon introduce, will extend temporary protected status until February 21, 2021, so that those affected by the rescission will have time to pursue legal status, or a path to citizenship. Join me as we seek and share answers to many commonly-held questions and concerns from the community."