KIDS Act Being Drafted in the House

KIDS ActTwo House Republicans are working on DREAMer legislation tentatively called the KIDS Act.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced today that with the KIDS Act they are looking for a solution for DREAMers.

“These children came here through no fault of their own and many of them know no other home than the United States,” Goodlatte said in a statement.

Though the currently proposed immigration reform bill would legalize DREAMers, the House has stated that they are interested in creating smaller bills of their own that address all aspects of immigration reform individually.

In the past, Cantor and Goodlatte have not supported other legislation to help DREAMers. They both voted against the DREAM Act in 2010 and last month they both supported an amendment to stop Deferred Action. Deferred Action is a policy the Obama administration put in place a year ago to stop the deportation of DREAMers but does not grant legal status.

The Kids Act, however, would be similar to the DREAM Act and would allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at a young age to become legalized.

Even if he voted to end Deferred Action, last month Cantor recognized that the House must do something to resolve this issue.

“Certainly we ought to have the compassion to say these kids shouldn’t be kids without a country, and we ought to allow them the life that they deserve,” Cantor said.

Cantor and Goodlatte did not give further details, but a House aide said The Kids Act is not sponsored by other House members, and there is no timetable set for it.