Aliens should be allowed to receive permanent resident status if they qualify

Aliens should be allowed to receive permanent resident status if they qualify

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Paige Meyer started this petition to Governor Henry McMaster

The current problem facing us today, is one that should not be taken lightly. The United States of America has long been considered a “Melting Pot”, with the vast majority of us coming from another part of the globe. Immigration is what has made this country so great, and has long been the foundation of weary immigrants who seek a better life. Allowing immigrants to call the United States home, is what fortifies our culturally and ethnically diverse country. Without this expansion, some of the greatest technological, medical, and engineering advancements would not have been possible, and the United States would not be what it is. So how are we failing? Under current shortfalls, we have slowly turned to a system of isolation, where we turn those seeking a better life away at the door. No longer do we open our arms and embrace those that seek advancement and potential. As illustrated in this picture, we can see how Dreamers are caged like animals awaiting deportation due to the current immigration policy, when the majority of these students just sought higher education here in America.

 

Currently I present to you HR6, The American Dream and Promise Act. This Act seeks to allow Dreamers permanent residence for 10 years granted they meet appropriate stipulations such as the following:

- Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. on or before January 1, 2021
- Were 18 years old or younger on the initial date of entry into the U.S.
- Are not inadmissible on the following grounds: criminal, security and terrorism, smuggling, student visa abuse, ineligibility for citizenship, polygamy, international child abduction, unlawful voting, or former citizens who renounced citizenship to avoid taxation; and have not participated in persecution.
- Other than a state offense for which an essential element is the person’s immigration status or a minor traffic violation, have not been convicted of:
any federal or state offense punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than 1 year. 3 or more federal or state offenses for which the person was convicted on different dates and imprisoned for an aggregate of 90 days or more
a crime of domestic violence (unless the applicant is a victim themselves of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse or neglect, elder abuse or neglect, or human trafficking, having been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty, or having been a victim of criminal activity); and Graduate from high school, obtain a GED or industry recognized credential, or are in a program assisting students in obtaining a high school diploma, GED or equivalent exam, or in an apprenticeship program.
- Pass security and law enforcement background checks pay a reasonable application fee and register for the Selective Service if required. 
- Additionally, children of certain temporary workers who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 18 or younger and were continuously present in the U.S. since January 1, 2021 are also eligible for relief.

These dreamers that meet the basic stipulations outlined in the bill are not criminals or trespassers, but rather aspiring students seeking not just to get an education, but make a difference in the world, and leave their own mark. By letting them join us even if ever so briefly, we show that the United States is the place dreams are made of, not broken dreams. Additionally, dreamers under this Act would be granted the ability to join our military service, a tradition that has long been forgotten. Currently there are irreplaceable leaders that are leading our young men and women that got where they are today under programs such as DACA and MAVNI. MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interests), allows for foreign citizens that can pass a background check to serve in positions that are utmost important to the safety and security of our nation. Currently, these foreign citizens are being turned away, and positions that must be filled by only the best and brightest, are being filled based on availability. HR6 seeks to open up the door for these gifted individuals to once again serve our country, and earn their right to become citizens.

 

Having outlined where we are failing as a society, and presenting a plan for making substantial change, it is imperative that we vote supporting the HR6 American Dream and Promise Act. Voting in support of this bill not only helps us make their dreams reality, but also assists our country with healing areas where it has become weak.

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