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Rep. Roybal-Allard, Fellow Democrats Celebrate House Passage of Dream and Promise Act

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Washington, June 4, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), a bill introduced by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.  H.R. 6 will enable these individuals to contribute fully in America, the country they love and know to be their home.  

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard introduced the bill in March with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and Congresswomen Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), and components of the bill were subsequently marked up and passed by the House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19).  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 TPS and DED beneficiaries.  233 House Members, including Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, are sponsoring or cosponsoring H.R. 6.

“As an original co-author of the Dream Act, I am absolutely thrilled and tremendously proud to celebrate the House's passage of the Dream and Promise Act,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.  “Our vote sends a strong, clear message that Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED beneficiaries are an essential part of modern America.  Their talents and traditions strengthen our communities and our economy.  They contribute $27 billion a year in federal, state, and local taxes, and they hold $75 billion in buying power.  It makes no moral, cultural, or economic sense to remove these proud Americans from the land they love.  With the help and support of leaders like Speaker Pelosi, Congresswomen Velázquez and Clarke, Chairman Nadler, and all of the bill’s supporters and advocates, we are getting closer to making H.R. 6 the law of the land.  I urge my Senate colleagues to follow the House’s lead and pass the Dream and Promise Act.”

“Our House Democratic Majority is proud to make history today, as we pass H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, to protect the patriotic Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients who make America more American,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “We salute Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, the godmother of the Dream and Promise Act, for her persistent, dissatisfied leadership, and we celebrate the courageous men and women who have spoken out and shared their stories with great dignity and eloquence to make the difference.  After years of callous Republican obstruction, our Democratic House is proud to take this decisive step to honor our American values, and ensure that our determined Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients can continue to bless and strengthen our nation.”

“Donald Trump’s hateful policies are creating a climate of fear and uncertainty in immigrant communities,” said Congresswoman Velázquez.  “Holders of Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure are some of our most vulnerable neighbors who have fled natural disasters and political violence.  It would be inhumane and economically disruptive to force these immigrants who have built lives in the U.S. to abruptly leave.  I’m proud my legislation, the Promise Act, is included in H.R. 6 as it will provide these individuals with protection from deportation and a path to citizenship.  I’d like to thank Speaker Pelosi, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, Chairman Nadler, Congresswoman Clarke and all the allied advocacy groups for working with me to move these provisions through the House.  Now, we must all stand united in building pressure for Senate action.”

“Passing the Dream and Promise Act marks a monumental day for more than 2.5 million immigrants in America,” said Congresswoman Clarke.  “As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Immigration Task Force, it is my duty to stand up for immigrants--they are our neighbors and our friends and are engrained within the fabric of our communities. I am proud to champion the rights for Temporary Protected Status Recipients, Deferred Enforcement Departure Recipients, as well as DREAMers, who call America home, so they will have a pathway to citizenship.”

You can click here to read more about the bill from Speaker Pelosi’s office, and click here to see a fact sheet from the House Judiciary Committee.

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