Washington D.C — During the same week Democrats in the U.S. House were expected to move ahead with their first effort at immigration reform during the current Congress, Republican lawmakers announced a new plan for reform.
U.S Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, along with a group of several GOP lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and U.S. Rep. Maria Salazar, R-Fla., unveiled proposed immigration reforms during a news conference in Washington Wednesday, March 17, 2021,
They announced the Dignity Plan, which includes protections for Dreamers — the several thousand people who came to the U.S. undocumented as children — as well as a 10 year path for those who lived in the shadows here in the U.S. The proposal also plans for allowing immigrant non-felons a path to legal status. Republicans also announced help with attaining English language proficiency is included in the proposed reform.