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Rep. Roybal-Allard Secures Appropriations Language Permitting Legislative Branch Employment for DACA Recipients

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Washington, April 30, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, secured a provision in the committee’s Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill permitting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to be employed by the Legislative Branch.  The bill will be considered by the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, May 1.  The language marks a change from appropriations legislation in recent years, when Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bills prohibited the federal government from employing individuals without citizenship, or without a select group of immigration statuses.  The new Legislative Branch bill is a first step in removing that larger prohibition, by enabling DACA recipients to work in the Legislative Branch.

“By including my language allowing the Legislative Branch to employ DACA recipients, the Appropriations Committee is demonstrating our House Majority’s commitment to supporting DACA at this pivotal moment for program recipients,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.  “I have been honored to meet many DACA recipients, and know how lucky we are to have their voices and their talents here in the United States of America.  As DACA endures constant attacks from the Trump Administration, my Appropriations language underscores that DACA recipients should be able to contribute to our democracy through public service, and to represent their communities in Washington’s legislative debates.” 

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s district is home to the largest number of Dreamers and DACA recipients in the country.  She is also the lead sponsor of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for eligible undocumented youth.

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