Illegal aliens are now eligible for driver’s licenses in some states, and in March the House voted in favor of extending the vote to people who disregarded the law and entered the United States illegally. Now there’s another bill trying to give Illegal Aliens the same rights as legal Americans has advanced through the House Appropriations Committee by a party-line vote. The bill would lift a ban on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from being able to apply for positions on the staffs of elected officials.
U.S. law doesn’t “pick on’ dreamers or illegal immigrants per se. It expressly bars most non-U.S. citizens from working for the feds.
Annual appropriations enactments prohibit the use of funds for the compensation of any federal government employee or officer in the continental United States unless that person is (1) a U.S. citizen, (2) an LPR [legal permanent resident] who is applying for naturalization, (3) a person admitted as a refugee or granted asylum who has filed a declaration of intent to become an LPR and eventually a U.S. citizen, or (4) a non-citizen, U.S. national who owes allegiance to the United States (e.g., a person born in American Samoa)………..
In April Kamala Harris introduced a similar bill in the Senate:
“The giant sign outside my office says ‘DREAMers Welcome Here’ because we know and value the contributions that these young people have made to their communities,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a news release. “But right now, those same young people are banned from giving back to their country by working for Congress. That has to change. Government works best when it reflects the people it represents. Our nation’s DREAMers are some of our best and brightest, and it’s time they had the opportunity to get a job or paid internship on Capitol Hill.”