Rep. Peter King of Long Island and Dan Donovan of Staten Island and Brooklyn are in the sights of immigration advocates. This week, Make the Road New York plans a 12-mile march and demonstrations on Long Island and Staten Island in support of a “clean” Dream Act.
The group is calling on Congress to create a path to citizenship for certain immigrants brought to the United States at a young age, and focusing on King and Donovan because of what they say are the districts’ large immigrant populations.
So far, both representatives have occupied some middle ground on this issue as Congress begins debate on what to do about the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who will no longer receive protection from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
President Donald Trump announced a plan in September to rescind the Obama-era policy with a six-month delay, and has since fluctuated on what exactly to do in its place.
One option is the Recognizing America’s Children Act, which would provide a path to legal status and citizenship. King and Donovan are co-sponsors, but Make the Road says the bill is a weaker version of the Dream Act that would apply to fewer immigrants. The group is pushing for a fuller Dream Act sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin.
In King’s district, the group will go door to door, discussing King’s position, as well as geographically placed Facebook ads — an early foray as the search for a DACA replacement heats up.
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