Three Democratic legislators presented a bill in Congress in favor of immigrants.
This is the “New Deal for New Americans Act” that focuses mainly on ensuring the integration of foreigners into American society , by giving them access to education, job training and housing subsidies, among others.
The norm goes in the opposite direction to the recent adjustments made by President Donald Trump that, if he won in court, would be underpinned by the “public charge” rule, but other adjustments are complemented, such as demanding permanent residents medical insurance, complicating the exemption of payment to bearers of “green card” who want to naturalize, among others.
The new proposal is promoted by representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), who believe that their plan would establish assistance programs for immigrants and refugees in order of overcoming language barriers and complexity to find employment and would help naturalization.
Nearly 100 civil and political organizations support the project , including National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), CASA, Make the Road, New York Immigration Coalition, Workers Defense Project, We Are All America and Mi Familia Vota, as well as mayors Sylvester Turner (Houston, Texas), Jenny A. Durkan (Seattle, Washington), Jacob Frey (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Eric Garcetti (LA, California) and Tim Keller (Albuquerque, New Mexico).
The main proposal is to create a National Office of New Americans , which would depend on the Executive Office of the White House, to coordinate the efforts of federal, state and local governments to support immigrants and refugees.
It would also create a Legal Services and Immigration Assistance Grants Program to support organizations that provide direct immigration assistance, such as those that need an immigration exam; education about knowing your rights; assistance in applying for citizenship, changing permanent resident status or applying to any other protection program (DACA, TPS, etc.), including helping to stop deportation.