Democrats Introduce Bill to Expand Services For Immigrants, Refugees at Expense of U.S. Citizens

Immigration and refugee rights activists found support from Democrats at the Capitol to introduce a bill that would create a federal bureaucracy. The sole purpose of the bill is to bring more people into the United States, helping them resettle, and receive jobs. It’s called the New Deal for New Americans Act.

According to Fortune Magazine, this bill would establish a National Office of New Americans in the Executive Office of the White House to promote and support immigrant and refugee integration and inclusion and coordinate efforts of federal, state, and local governments to support social, economic, and civic integration of immigrants and refugees. It would ban deportations based on public charge determinations, and increase federally funded immigration services like English classes and workforce training.

From Fortune:

“This is a critical bill at a critical time,” Jayapal said. “This is about who is here and how we make sure they get what they truly need.”

The legislation, while not addressing policies regarding migrants who enter the country without authorization, does push back against numerous Trump executive orders and administrative changes…

“Trump is closing the doors on people who have the right to be here,” Garcia said. “We as a country are better than that. The treatment immigrants currently receive is not representative of our values.”

In 1970 immigrants made up less than 5% of the population, but that figure has been steadily rising and immigrants now account for roughly 14% of the population.

“This bill is extremely important,” said Eva Millona, director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. “As the native born population ages, immigrant workers will be crucial to our economy. It is quite simple. America needs immigrant workers.”

Some of the other features of the bill include, according to Breitbart:

**Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to no longer allow deportation of an individual deemed to have become a public charge.

**Establish a Federal Initiative on New Americans to coordinate a federal response to address issues that affect the lives of new immigrants and refugees, and communities with growing immigrant and refugee populations.

**Create a Workforce Development Grant Program to ensure that immigrant and refugee adults have equitable access to education and workforce programs that help equip them with occupational skills needed to secure or advance in employment.

**Promote civic engagement through automatic voter registration of newly naturalized individuals.
Expand family integration by reducing the age of citizens who are able to petition eligible family members from 21-years-old to 18-years-old.