WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Democrats today introduced legislation that would provide millions of Dreamers and other immigrants with permanent legal status, allowing them to continue living and working in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) and co-sponsored by Democratic New York Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke, would provide recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other Dreamers the opportunity to earn eventual citizenship. It also would allow Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to gain permanent lawful status.
“Every day, millions of Dreamers, TPS and DED recipients make vital contributions to our communities,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “A permanent solution that ends their legal limbo benefits not only these immigrants and their families, but American workers and our nation as a whole.
“The majority of Americans across the political spectrum support a legislative solution for Dreamers. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 gives lawmakers on both sides of the aisle the opportunity to forge solutions that unite rather than divide us.”