The U.S. House Tuesday night approved legislation to offer a pathway to citizenship to 2.5 million young people who immigrated to America as children but have made homes here, stayed out of trouble and completed high school. The four Republican representatives from Arkansas voted against the measure.
This is no freebie proposal. To qualify, the dreamers must complete college, serve in the military or work three years under a work visa. Donald Trump wants to end the program though these young people make significant tax payments and contribute to the economy in other ways.
Think Progress has compiled the number of people who would have been helped in each district where a Congressman said no. The numbers include some in a temporary program apart from the so-called Dreamers. (Note: The Republican Senate is likely to throw this bill in the rubbish with other legislation passed by the House.)
Some 12,000 people, mostly Arkansas high school graduates, friends and neighbors, are not worthy of help from our House delegation.