Skip to comments.Dem: Let illegal immigrants work on Capitol Hill
Posted on 03/24/2016 11:17:39 AM PDT by jazusamo
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) has introduced legislation that would allow young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to work for congressional offices.
Qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. illegally as children and hold temporary work permits through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program currently are not eligible to be employed by lawmakers. Only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and certain refugees can work for members of the House and Senate.
The bill offered by Kirkpatrick, who is running for Senate in Arizona, would provide an exemption for DACA recipients.
Telling these young people they cannot work in the seat of our government is like telling them they deserve something less than the American dream. That's the wrong message to send especially from an institution like Congress that could really benefit from their unique abilities and perspectives, Kirkpatrick said in a statement.
Kirkpatrick, who represents a key border state, is challenging Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in what could be the toughest reelection of his Senate career. Some early polls show Kirkpatrick tied with McCain.
Some DACA recipients are able to work on Capitol Hill through third-party internship or fellowship programs, such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, that assign them to congressional offices. However, they are not formally employed by the offices for which they work.
Expanding government employment opportunities for young illegal immigrants is unlikely to gain traction in the GOP-controlled House.
Republicans last year stripped a sense of the House provision from an annual defense bill that inched toward allowing DACA recipients to enlist in the military.
Despite the debate in Congress, the Army has nonetheless already enlisted DACA recipients through a program for legal immigrants with medical or language skills.
Maybe they could even replace our existing Congresscritters (including Ann herself).
It might be an improvement.
Hire MS-13 to work along side Congress; they need jobs.
camel’s nose syndrome
Introduce a bill to replace all sitting members with illegal aliens.
If he really means this I think he should give it a trial run by staffing his own office with muslim terrorists.
MS-13 and military age adult males from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Oops! Should have typed “Her” not “he”
Let’s put that to a vote by the taxpayers who would be paying these illegals.
You probably have been employing illegals in AZ, but those of us who obey the law don’t do that.
There is a lot of sensitive information on Capital Hill, but by all means let non-citizens have access to it.
What could go wrong?
Does it get much more brain dead than this?
Don’t forget terrorists.
Absolutely right. This idiot probably thinks these illegals are all great people because of DACA, she’s certifiable.
If they are illegal,why should they hope for any ‘American Dream”? They are not Americans.
Thanks. The patients are truly running the asylum.
The biggest illegal immigrant of them all already does. So does his queen of flying monkeys, Valerie Jarrett.
Why not? They got one in the WH already.
What difference does it Make? /s
Yes, of course. All they need is a job, a cellphone and an education. Oh yes, and a voter registration card. Then they will become normal, peaceful human beings and not go around slicing necks, raping women and blowing up airports.
Try this out in your office, Ann. let me know how it works out.