The House approved legislation this week that would provide a path to citizenship to about 2.5 million people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, including 12,000 in Nevada.
The House also approved legislation to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers, renewed protections against victims of domestic violence and removed the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Votes in the House came as the Senate approved more of President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations, including Deb Haaland to be Interior Secretary, Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Isabella Guzman to direct the Small Business Administration (SBA). Haaland is the first Native American to lead the Interior Department, and Becerra is the first Latino to head HHS.
Both Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Sen. Jacky Rosen voted for all of the nominations.
The House passed the American Dream and Promise Act 228 to 19. All Democrats voted for the measure along with nine Republicans.
The bill would provide a path to citizenship for those brought to the country illegally as minors, typically known as DREAMers, and for those receiving Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as well as Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. TPS and DED allow individuals from certain designated countries to stay in the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
The House also approved legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for farm workers. That bill passed 247 to 174, with 30 GOP members joining all but one Democrat.
The bills are similar to those passed by the House in 2019, and Amodei’s complaints about the Dream Act still apply. Those include that the Dream Act would legalize undocumented people’s status beyond TPS recipients and