NEAL FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 25, 2012
CONTACT: Matt Fenlon
Pledges to Continue Working for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after the Supreme Court both upheld and struck down portions of the controversial Arizona immigration law.
“Today's ruling by the Supreme Court in regard to the controversial Arizona immigration law continues to leave our nation's broken immigration system in limbo. We need to coalesce around federal comprehensive immigration reform to prevent individual states from passing unconstitutional laws.
“The American family spent centuries overcoming policies that allowed discrimination. While historic improvements were made on the shoulders of Democratic Party icons, we still face our challenges. I pledge my continued support for comprehensive immigration reform as we build on the progress we have made.
“I challenge my Republican colleagues to stop the fiery rhetoric and scare tactics and join me at the table to seek common sense solutions. I am proud to say I co-sponsored H.R.1751, the DREAM Act, and I believe the conversation should start here.
“The DREAM Act would amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on state residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such state residence.
Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional permanent resident status, an alien who: (1) entered the United States before his or her 16th birthday and has been present in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding enactment of this Act; (2) is a person of good moral character; (3) is not inadmissible or deportable under specified grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act; and (4) at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education or has earned a high school or equivalent diploma.
Sets forth the conditions for conditional permanent resident status.
Authorizes an alien who has satisfied the appropriate requirements prior to enactment of this Act to petition the Secretary for conditional permanent resident status.
Sets forth requirements respecting: (1) exclusive jurisdiction; (2) confidentiality; (3) fee prohibitions; (4) higher education assistance; and (5) a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report respecting the number of aliens adjusted under this Act.”