All immigrants deserve to be treated with dignity – in our communities and under the law. While I'm in Washington, I fight for rights and opportunities for immigrants in our district. This week we had a critical victory for South Florida and our nation.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which will offer a pathway to citizenship for those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
This critical bill provides vital protections to up to 2.5 million immigrants who have spent much of their lives in the United States.
This week, with Congresswomen Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, I called for the closure of the Homestead Temporary Shelter. The latest court documents detail heartbreaking conditions that hundreds of children endure there every day. Coupled with the denial of basic oversight, prolonged stays, and contract and conflict concerns tied to the for-profit operators, it is time for swift action to connect these young people with eligible sponsors, or move them into non-restrictive, licensed community-based residential facilities.
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It is an honor to fight for you and South Florida in Congress.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress