A bipartisan group of three Congress members will introduce the DREAM Act in the House this month as momentum for immigration reform continues, the Huffington Post reports.
Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) will introduce a Dream Act-style bill near the end this month to help undocumented young people who came to the United States as children, their offices confirmed to HuffPost.
The effort is not intended to disrupt comprehensive reform efforts.
The three members of Congress are all advocates for broader immigration reform, as well as longtime sponsors of the Dream Act, and Roybal-Allard spokesman Matt Lee said the introduction of the Dream Act bill shouldn’t be considered as them backing away from a comprehensive legislative effort.
“This isn’t a substitute or a fall-back for [comprehensive immigration reform],” Lee said in an email. “The members are still strongly committed to passing a broad reform package. The strategy in introducing it now is to build on the momentum that already exists for immigration reform and to highlight the impact of our broken immigration system on the Dreamers and their families.”