Washington, D.C. – This evening, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). H.R. 6 provides vital, permanent protections—including a pathway to citizenship—for 2.5 million Dreamers and holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). These longtime U.S. community members have been put at risk by the Trump administration’s cruel and malicious immigration policies.

The Dream and Promise Act is the first significant immigration legislation passed by the House since 2010, and is a huge step towards making good on our nation’s promise to young people when we asked them to come forward for DACA protections, as well as other immigrants whose lives were thrown into limbo by the actions of the Trump administration. Now, the United States Senate must take up and pass a companion bill for these common-sense protections to become law.

Brent J. Cohen, executive director of Generation Progress, said:

“The Dream and Promise Act would help more than two million members of our community, including Dreamers and TPS and DED holders. This bill’s bipartisan passage reflects the urgency facing our communities, and Congress’ understanding that we need moral and ethical immigration policies rather than the nativist and divisive rhetoric and actions espoused by the Trump administration.

This bill demonstrates years of hard work, and a deep understanding that our country is stronger, safer, and more economically vibrant when all of our community members are included in our nation’s fabric. However, the bill is not perfect. For the first time, the bill codifies exclusions for those with juvenile justice adjudications, setting a dangerous precedent for how juvenile adjudications may be used in the future. The bill also contains problematic language related to those with alleged gang affiliations. We cannot ignore the implications these provisions will have for Black and Brown immigrant youth.

Nevertheless, we applaud the House and the hundreds of organizations who have worked tirelessly to pass these critically important protections. Our country has waited too long and suffered too much under the current administration’s policies, and it’s time for Congress to deliver our communities peace and hope for the future. We strongly urge the Senate to pass the Dream and Promise Act.”

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Charlotte Hancock at chancock@americanprogress.org.

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