Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Judiciary Committee Passage of Dream and Promise Act Provisions
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), who led the introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), issued the following statement regarding the House Judiciary Committee’s historic markup and passage of provisions of the bill. The Dream and Promise Act allows Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries to contribute fully in the country they love and know to be their home by providing a pathway to citizenship.
“I thank Chairman Jerry Nadler, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, and the Judiciary Committee members for helping my Dream and Promise Act take a big step toward becoming law,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. “As a co-author of the original Dream Act, and as representative of the congressional district with America’s largest Dreamer population, I know that our Dreamers love America and call it their home. I have seen the talents and strong work ethic they bring to our economy. I have seen them strengthen our communities and our culture. And I know that our TPS and DED recipients share those same traits. The Dream and Promise Act will enable Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED beneficiaries to stay in America – the only home they know – and let them help build a brighter future for our nation. The Judiciary Committee’s passage of this legislation is a big win for America, and I am excited to keep working to make the Dream and Promise Act law without delay.”
The Judiciary Committee marked up two components of the Dream and Promise Act as H.R. 2820, the Dream Act of 2019 (which passed 19-10); and H.R. 2821, the American Promise Act of 2019 (which passed 20-9). Both bills passed on a party line vote. The two bills, as well as elements of the Dream and Promise Act that fall outside the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction, are next expected to be combined by the House Rules Committee as H.R. 6, and that combined bill would then proceed to a vote in the House.
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard introduced the bill in March with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and Congresswomen Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09). The act is the 116th Congress’s version of the Dream Act, a bill which has been introduced since 2001 to allow the U.S.-raised immigrant youth known as “Dreamers” to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. However, H.R. 6 includes protections and a path to citizenship not just for Dreamers, but also for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries. 233 House Members, including Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, are sponsoring or cosponsoring H.R. 6.