For the first time in years, a president found a group of immigrants in the Oval Room who arrived as undocumented immigrants.
Although his administration has not yet presented a final bill on immigration to Congress, Biden wants to show that this is a priority. That's why, today, Friday, he met six dreamers in the elliptical room (as young immigrants were called undocumented minors). By executive order, their deportation has been stopped, and they have been granted a work permit. Yet, they still live in the country without lawful status).
President Biden has reiterated his support for dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers, and other immigrants who consider themselves to be essential workers. The president and dreamers also discussed the need for immigration reform, an official statement from the White House concluded.
Addressing a plenary session of Congress last month, President Biden called on lawmakers to end the brutal war on immigration, and lobby for support for his immigration reform plan, which has raised 11 million dollars in the country. Less than will be provided for undeclared citizenship, especially to work to eliminate uncertainty in the lives of dreamers.
Today, at the White House headquarters, I received six of those dreamers who went to ask for an executive order protecting them to become law - to prevent it from being repealed, and to Emphasize that they are citizens who contribute to society, as essential workers in areas such as health, education, and agriculture.
Who were the dreamers who were invited to the White House?
María Praeli came to the United States from her native Peru at the age of five. Her family moved because medical treatment was not possible in South America after Maria's sister was included in a traffic accident. Today, Maria works for FWD.us, an active pro-immigration group.
Esmeralda Tovar-Mora was only 18 months old when her family resided in Kansas from Mexico. Today, she is a nursing student and has a three-year-old daughter with her husband, a National Guard member.
Leydy Rangel today is member of the agricultural workers community. He turned up in this country with his parents, who moved from one area to another following the harvest season.
Karen Reyes was born in Mexico, and after two years, she lived in the United States with her mother. She certified as a teacher of hard-of-hearing children in kindergartens.
Astou Thiane was born in Senegal but raised up in New York. He is a teacher and activist for undocumented kids.
Jirayut Latthivongskorn came to the United States from Thailand at the age of nine. He became infamous years ago when he was the real plaintiff of the Trump administration before the Supreme Court for the rights of dreamers.
The last time a group of dreamers was in the Oval was in February 2015.
Last March, the House of Representatives passed two immigration bills. One is to give permanent legal status to dreamers, the other is the path to citizenship and the other is to regularize the situation of agricultural workers. But its future is uncertain in the Senate, where the bills have not even been tabled.