AILA Quicktake #261: Democrats Introduce the Dream and Promise Act

AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relation Kate Voigt discusses H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which would allow certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, commonly known as Dreamers, and immigrants with TPS to apply for permanent legal status.

Video Transcript

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On march 12th, Representatives Roybal-Allard, Velazquez, and Clark
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announced the introduction of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019,
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which would provide permanent protections for Dreamers
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and Temporary Protected Status recipients.
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Both Dreamers and TPS recipients are long-standing members of our
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communities who have built lives, families, businesses, and careers in the US
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and are vital contributors to our economy.
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The American public overwhelmingly supports protecting Dreamers.
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83% say they should be allowed to live and work in the United States.
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Without TPS recipients, industries such as construction, food services,
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and landscaping would experience disruptions that would have serious
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ripple effects on state economies.
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However dreamers and TPS recipients are currently at heightened risk of deportation
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and separation from their families. While courts have temporarily enjoined
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the rescission of DACA and termination of TPS for several countries,
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these orders are not permanent.
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Dreamers and TPS recipients are left in an untenable state of limbo,
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never sure when their work authorization and protection from deportation
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might be taken away in an instant by a higher court's ruling.
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Moreover, the court orders do not cover everyone and the administration's harsh
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enforcement tactics mean that everyone is a priority for deportation.
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It is past time for Congress to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients.
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That's why AILA is calling on Congress
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to pass the Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19031340.