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Rep. Roybal-Allard Leads Letters Urging President Trump & Leader McConnell to Support American Dream and Promise Act, Permanently Protect Dreamers

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Washington, June 22, 2020 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) lead author Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), led over 100 House Democrats and CHC Members in writing letters to President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to protect Dreamers and support H.R. 6.  This bill, which would permanently protect Dreamers and provide them with a path to citizenship, passed the House of Representatives more than a year ago.  The Members’ letters to President Trump and Leader McConnell come days after last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision rejecting the Trump administration’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
 
The letter to President Trump calls on him to use his executive authority to protect Dreamers and to also endorse H.R. 6.  “The American Dream and Promise Act has now been pending in the Senate for more than a year.  Without your support, it is unlikely that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will schedule it for a vote,” the Members write to President Trump.  “It would be an American tragedy to deport DACA recipients who are saving lives in the midst of this pandemic.  We must ensure these talented young immigrants are not forced to stop working when the need for their public service has never been greater.”  Full text of the letter can be found here.
 
The letter to Leader McConnell urges him to schedule a vote on H.R. 6.  “With Republicans in the majority, the United States Senate has failed to challenge the most anti-immigrant President in modern history.  It is not too late to change course,” the Members write to Leader McConnell.  “As Majority Leader, you can immediately schedule a vote in the Senate for the American Dream and Promise Act.  It would be an American tragedy to deport DACA recipients who are saving lives in the midst of this pandemic.”  Full text of the letter can be found here.
 
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