Print

Engel, House Dems Pass H.R. 6 "American Dream and Promise Act"

Engel, House Dems Pass H.R. 6 “American Dream and Promise Act”

 

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted today in favor of H.R. 6, the American 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. The bill, which Engel cosponsored, passed the House and now moves to the Senate.

 

“Today the House took action to fix a lingering problem President Trump and the GOP created,” Engel said. “The President’s decision two years ago to rescind the DACA program was a heartless ploy to punish immigrant communities. It had nothing to do with security, or protecting borders—he just wanted to make certain people suffer. It was shameful, but, thankfully, court injunctions never allowed the worst of it to come to pass. Now Congress has the obligation to fix this mess permanently, which is exactly what we are doing today with the passage of H.R. 6. House Democrats know that xenophobic fear mongering is not the way to govern. The American Dream and Promise Act represents a recommitment to true American values, and I urge the Senate to recognize that truth by taking up this legislation soon.”

 

H.R. 6 would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible DREAMers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and 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 American 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. 

 

 

# # #