WASHINGTON – While much of Washington is consumed with taxes, some lawmakers are growing anxious about the fate of immigrant "Dreamers," and two Florida Republicans on Wednesday joined a call for legislative action.
Miami Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joined about a dozen colleagues in calling for a remedy after President Donald Trump moved to end protections under the Obama-era program known as DACA, deferred action for childhood arrivals.
"Many of them have no memory of their countries of origin," Curbelo said. "They all speak English. They love this country just as much as we do."
As the lawmakers spoke, dozens of activists were marching across the capitol.
Among them were immigrants from South Florida, who rode up in two buses demanding a “clean Dream Act before the end of the year: a pathway to citizenship with permanent protection and no dangerous enforcement add-ons.”
But resistance remains among many conservatives, who have called for tougher immigration laws.
Sen. Marco Rubio has been supportive of Dreamers but is not deeply involved in legislative efforts.
Sen. Bill Nelson today met with some of the activists.