Lame-Duck Congress Creates Window For Legalizing Dreamers

  • Immigrant rights activists will descend on Washington this week to urge Democrats to take advantage of what may be their last remaining weeks of total control of Congress to pass a broad legalization bill for illegal immigrants.
  • Activists see a window of opportunity after Republicans ran hard on stricter border enforcement as an issue in the elections and failed to produce the political red wave that they anticipated.
  • Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, which is organizing the activists’ trip to Washington, said the next weeks will be “a golden opportunity” for lawmakers to tackle “this 30-year albatross around the neck of our nation.”