House Dems Intro Bill Offering 2.5 Million Immigrants Chance at Permanent Status
House Democrats introduced an immigration bill on Tuesday that would allow as many as 2.5 million people to apply for legal status and put them on a path that could ultimately lead to U.S. citizenship. The Dream and Promise Act -- introduced by Congresswomen Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) -- combines the longstanding DREAM Act, a legalization bill for unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, with a proposal to allow some immigrants with temporary humanitarian protections to apply for permanent legal status. Both groups stand to lose protections under the Trump administration. “For two years, the Trump Administration has viciously targeted some of our most vulnerable immigrant communities creating a climate of uncertainty and fear,” said Velázquez. “We need to make clear to these immigrants – our friends and neighbors – that we stand with them and they are here to stay.” The president has moved to end DACA and has declined to renew temporary protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants under the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure humanitarian programs. “I have seen firsthand the love that our Dreamers have for our country. They are our neighbors and colleagues who help strengthen our communities. They are students, scientists, researchers, and small business owners,” said Roybal-Allard. “Our Dream and Promise Act recognizes the contributions and patriotism of Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED beneficiaries by helping them stay in America, pursue a path to citizenship, and keep strengthening our great country.” The measure would give both groups a conditional status that would last for 10 years. The bill also sets forth a number of provisions that protect "Dreamers" and individuals with TPS or DED during their application for relief. “We need comprehensive immigration reform that protects Dreamers, as well as TPS and DED beneficiaries,” said Clarke. “This bill will include a path to citizenship for Dreamers, as well as for people covered by Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure.” More here.