Kamala Harris plans to propose that Dreamers work in Congress
As Dreamers fight for their right to remain in this country, Kamala Harris is introducing legislation that would give them a seat at the table and allow them to work in Congress as staffers or interns.
On Wednesday, Harris plans to introduce the legislation with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) that would allow Dreamers the opportunity to work in Congress, removing a current ban against people who were brought to the country as children, Politico reports.
Harris herself is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India.
“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,” Harris wrote wrote 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.”
Making her mark
Thanks to her views on immigration policies and reform, Harris has a promising fan base in Jamaican and Indian communities across America.
In recent months, growing groups of Harris supporters from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds have started sprouting up across the nation. Their sole purpose is to get her elected in the 2020 presidential race, on a platform of unity through diversity. They feel that she is the candidate that bests represents all people, because her own background includes traces of several continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Supporters feel a kindred cultural spirit and it may translate not only into votes during election time, but key pockets of fundraising.
“She’s our DNA, so we are excited. I’m sure it’s how the Catholics must have felt when Jack Kennedy was nominated and became president,” Ramesh Kapur, a longtime Democratic donor, told CNN.