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Lawmakers Introduce Bills for Aspiring Citizens

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- State representatives hosted a press conference at the state Capitol this afternoon, introducing the "New American Opportunity and Fairness Act."

Democratic lawmakers say the set of five bills would protect Michigan's aspiring citizens and jumpstart the economy, by not only supporting immigrants integration into the economy, but also by helping them become successful in Michigan.

"I think it really truly fits our core American values of who we are as a country," said District 6 State Representative Rashida Tlaib. "The more welcoming I think we are, we create a really safe environment for all of us to live with each other, versus some of the kind of divisiveness that's been happening, I think, in our state."

According to Democratic Representatives, the plan of five bills would:

  • Create the "Aspiring Citizens Act" that establishes an Office of Immigration Integration, helping coordinate resources and services for Michigan's aspiring citizens
  • Create a state-level DREAM Act, providing in-state tuition for Michigan students
  • Allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants to receive state ID cards
  • Form a commission to study the impact of the Driver's License Law and changes made in 2008 and 2011 requiring citizenship status
  • Call on Congress to raise the cap on work visas for immigrant professionals who graduate from United States colleges and universities

The bills now move to House Committees.

 

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