The bill signifies a different path forward on immigration: helping people without hurting people
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Washington, D.C. – Today, immigrant, progressive, and civil rights leaders gathered on Capitol Hill with several key members of the House of Representatives to support the Dream and Promise Act, new legislation that would provide citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth and those under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The Dream and Promise Act is bold, progressive and inclusive.
DACA recipients and TPS holders who shared their stories have had their lives thrown into limbo due to the cruel actions of the Trump administration, who killed DACA, TPS and DED protections. The Dream and Promise Act recognizes the urgent need to provide permanent protections without using immigrants as bargaining chips to win a host of anti-immigrant provisions.
Speakers included youth and advocates from United We Dream, UndocuBlack Network, United Food & Commercial Worker, Working Families United, the TPS Alliance, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Indivisible, and MoveOn along with Members of Congress Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Nydia Velazquez (NY-7), Yvette Clarke (NY-9), Karen Bass (CA-37), Judy Chu (CA-27), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and other House members.
Greisa Martinez-Rosas, DACA recipient and Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:
“The Dream and Promise Act shows us a completely different path forward on immigration — one that rejects the wall and billions for the Deportation Force —and instead leads us towards permanent protections that immigrants need and deserve. In 2010, under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House passed the Dream Act without any hateful amendments and in 2019 we will see the new Democratic majority build upon that legacy of helping people without hurting people.”
Jonathan Jayes Green, DACA recipient and Co-Founder of UndocuBlack, said:
“Today is a day of historic proportions because for the first time, these three communities – TPS, DED and immigrant youth – are protected altogether by the Dream and Promise Act, reflecting the reality that many of our families live in mixed status families. And this issue is of particular urgency for thousands of Liberians who, in 19 days, will loose their Deferred Enforcement Departure protections because of Trump’s administration. We are building a world where immigrant communities, people of color and all marginalized communities are able to live with dignity and free from fear.”
Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said:
“The Trump-Pence Administration has put the lives of so many immigrants at risk, leaving countless people in limbo, and with no means to access health care in this country. We must stop the administration from unraveling the avenues that help immigrants make a better life for themselves and their families. And we must formalize a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, individuals with TPS and DED, alike — many of whom are part of the Planned Parenthood community and rely on Planned Parenthood for health care, as my family did when we first came to this country. The Dream and Promise Act finally offers that pathway. We urge Congress to pass the Dream & Promise Act now to ensure these individuals and their families in this country are able to live a life free from discrimination and the fear of deportation, and have access to health care all families need.”
Esther López, Secretary-Treasurer of United Food & Commercial Workers International, said:
“Our country’s immigration system is broken and the government’s inability to fix it is continuing to cause uncertainty for families across the country. This bill is an important step toward providing stability for so many who have already passed background checks, pay taxes, go to school, and work hard every day to build a better future for all of us. They work side by side with us, live in our communities, and are dedicated members of our union family and countless others. America was built by generations of immigrants who believed in the promise of this country and worked hard every day to build a better life for their families. Congress must honor that legacy and pass this bill.”
Angel Padilla, Policy Director of the Indivisible Project, said:
“The Dream and Promise Act would provide permanent relief and a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants Trump has targeted. It is an important step toward securing justice for all of the immigrant families who live and work in our communities. We recognize that the road ahead is long, but we won’t rest until we have secured permanent protections for all immigrant families, starting with passage of this bill in the House.”
Reggie Hubbard, Congressional Liason and DC strategist of MoveOn, said:
“The Dream and Promise Act will make a positive difference in the lives of millions of people. MoveOn members, supporters in the Congress and others nationwide are sending a clear message that we believe this must be a country that welcomes and celebrates immigrants—not one that demonizes them.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 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.