Democratic lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have presented a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants shielded under assorted protection programmes, including the so-called "Dreamers" who were brought to the country as children.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard and other House Democrats unveiled the "Dream and Promise Act" on Tuesday, which would protect "Dreamers" and immigrants with temporary protected status or deferred enforced departure, CNN reported.
"There should be nothing partisan or political in this legislation," said Pelosi, who was flanked by House Democrats and immigrants, in introducing the bill.
According to CNN, the bill would provide a greater sense of security to a large swathe of undocumented immigrants whose fate has been tied up in the courts. Its enactment is unlikely, however, as it would face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate and President Donald Trump has voiced objections to such programmes.