Immigrant Youth Support the Dream and Promise Act

Bruna Bouhid Press Releases

Trump Terminated DACA, TPS & DED. The New Congress Must Now Pass Citizenship for Immigrant Communities.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congress Members Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) introduced the Dream and Promise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for three groups of immigrants whose protections were stripped away by Donald Trump.

The Dream and Promise Act builds upon the Dream Act, which was previously passed by the House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The bill marks a sea of change in immigration policy in the Trump era: protecting immigrants without hurting immigrants.

The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship to over two million people, including immigrant youth and beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) programs.

Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, said:

“The immigrant youth and families of United We Dream wholeheartedly support the passage of the Dream and Promise Act in the House of Representatives. The new Democratic majority in the House has an opportunity to make a clean break from the Trump platform of hate and pass the Dream and Promise Act without anti-immigrant add-ons that would put our parents and our communities in danger.

“Since Trump took the White House, he killed the DACA, TPS and DED programs, putting millions in threat of deportation all while making never ending demands for more power and cash for his Deportation Forces. He’s increased detentions and deportations all while separating families and putting children in cages.

“The Dream and Promise Act builds upon the Dream Act legacy of helping people without hurting people. The bill would create a pathway to citizenship for more than two million people and includes groundbreaking policy changes which will set the stage for immigration reform bills of the future.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 500,000 members, five branches with over 100 affiliate organizations across 28 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.