Originally published as “Dreamers respond to KIDS Act: ‘We will not stand for this’” by VOXXI.
BY GRISELDA NEVAREZ
Two House Republicans who in 2010 voted against legislation that would’ve permitted undocumented youth to become U.S. citizens are now drafting legislation that would allow just that. They’re calling it the KIDS Act.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte joined with most Republicans and a few Democrats in the House two years ago to vote against the DREAM Act. Now, the two GOP House leaders are teaming up to craft their own version of the DREAM Act, saying undocumented youth who were brought to country unlawfully as children shouldn’t be punished.
“These children came here through no fault of their own and many of them know no other home than the United States,” Goodlatte said in a statement last week.
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on how to address undocumented youth. A Cantor aide told VOXXI on Friday that the bill is still in its early stages of being drafted, making it unlikely that committee members will take it up next week.
House Judiciary aid told VOXXI that the KIDS Act is part of the committee’s “step-by-step approach” and that the bill, along with the four bills the committee has passed, are not intended to stand alone. Instead, the aid said, the bills are “part of the broader process.” The aid added that over the past few months, Goodlatte and House Judiciary staff have met with numerous groups and stakeholders — including members of United We Dream and other pro-immigration groups — to discuss immigration reform.