On May 23, 2023, two congresswomen proposed a new bipartisan immigration bill that would provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants, but only after specific border security measures are met. The Reps. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX) introduced an updated version of “The Dignity Act” that would focus on breaking the legislative statement in congress and takes into consideration the contribution of immigrants, including Dreamers if they meet certain conditions.
Consisting of four central principles, the bill focuses on: (1) ending illegal immigration; (2) creating a better solution for undocumented immigrants living in America; (3) supporting the American workforce and economy; and (4) safeguarding the United States, so we continue to thrive and stay abundant in the future.
“The Dignity Act” would permit people in the country illegally to work and not be deported. Through the "Dignity Program " undocumented immigrants would be allowed to remain in the country for five years without legal status and with no criminal record to work and be protected from deportation for seven years. It would also accelerate the asylum process to a total of 60 days and detain asylum-seekers who arrive through the southern border at one of five “humanitarian campuses,” where they will remain until their case is decided.