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Engel, House Dems Introduce Dream and Promise Act to protect DREAMers

  Engel, House Dems Introduce Dream and Promise Act to protect DREAMers

Washington, D.C.–Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined House colleagues today to introduce H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship to DREAMers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. Engel is an original cosponsor of the bill.

“Two years ago, President Trump took away protections for DREAMers by rescinding the DACA program. Court injunctions have kept the worst of that heartless decision from coming to pass, but without a long-term legislative solution, DACA recipients and their families will continue to be left twisting in the wind,” Engel said. “H.R. 6 will bring a definitive end to the President’s mistreatment of DREAMers, and will also treat TPS and DED holders fairly by providing a pathway to citizenship. This bill represents a recommitment to the values our country was built on and serves as a clear rebuke of the President’s xenophobic approach to governing.”

H.R. 6 would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible DREAMers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who were continuously present in the U.S. for 4 years prior to the date of the bill’s enactment. DREAMers would be provided conditional permanent resident status and would need to fulfill an education, employment, or military track to adjust to permanent resident status.

In addition, the Dream and Promise Act would secure permanent residency for people with TPS and DED.  After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens.  On average, TPS recipients have lived in the United States for 20 years, building a new life for themselves and their families.  Similarly, DED recipients have lived in the United States and contributed to their communities since 2007.