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Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Applauds the Inclusion of Her Language Allowing DACA Recipients to Work Full-Time for Members of Congress in FY23 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

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Washington, D.C., June 22, 2022 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the first Mexican American woman elected to Congress, celebrated the inclusion of language she authored in the FY23 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would allow for DACA recipients to be hired as full-time staff by Members of Congress. For several years, Rep. Roybal-Allard has worked to pass legislation allowing for Members of Congress to be allowed to hire DACA recipients. This measure is necessary because under current law, DACA recipients are only permitted to work in Congress through an internship or fellowship. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard delivered these remarks at the Committee markup of this legislation.
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Today,  Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the first Mexican American woman elected to Congress, celebrated the inclusion of language she authored in the FY23 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would allow for DACA recipients to be hired as full-time staff by Members of Congress. For several years, Rep. Roybal-Allard has worked to pass legislation allowing for Members of Congress to be allowed to hire DACA recipients. This measure is necessary because under current law, DACA recipients are only permitted to work in Congress through an internship or fellowship. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard delivered these remarks at the Committee markup of this legislation.

“I am particularly thrilled the funding bill includes my request to allow DACA recipients to be employed in Congress and other legislative branch agencies. Under the DACA program, applicants are granted work authorization to enable them to pursue their careers and to give back to their communities. The value of their contributions was never more clear than during the pandemic as they continue to work as our nation’s teachers, our doctors, nurses and other essential workers. The bill will right a wrong and allow DACA recipients to serve in the people’s house. DACA recipients are valued, productive members of our American society and it is only right that they are allowed to serve their community and the country in our Nation’s Capitol."

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