The Dream and Promise Act of 2019
On March 12, 2019, House Democrats led by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velazquez (NY-07), and Yvette Clarke (NY-09) introduced legislation H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would provide a pathway for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and others Dreamers the opportunity to apply for citizenship in the United States. The legislation would also allow Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for permanent lawful status in the United States. Representative Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA-44) stated, “For far too long, millions of immigrants have been forced to live with uncertainty and fear of being torn away from the country they call home…Today’s groundbreaking legislation puts forth permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for over two million DACA, TPS and DED recipients. As someone who represents more than 12,000 DACA-eligible youth and approximately 3,000 TPS holders, I know that when given a chance to fulfill the American Dream, our immigrant communities have excelled. For decades, immigrants have been an integral part of our society, our economy and our workforce by contributing in areas of education, public service and business. The Dream and Promise Act will finally provide relief for TPS holders and Dreamers and will forever change the course of our country. I’m proud to support H.R. 6 and stand with Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Velazquez and Congresswoman Clarke.”
Despite contrary belief, the American public overwhelmingly supports protecting Dreamers as 83% of the public say they should be allowed to live and work in the United States. If Congress pass the H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, it would provide a more permanent legislative solution for DACA, Dreamers, TPS, and DED recipients. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic please feel free to consult an immigration attorney.