The House of Representatives Must Pass the Dream and Promise Act

Bruna Bouhid Press Releases

Judiciary Committee Passes Bill and Blocks All Amendments that Would Have Undermined Protections for Immigrants

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

Washington, DC – Last night, the Dream and Promise Act passed the House Judiciary Committee. The bill will now be considered by the Rules Committee and then will move to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

During the debate, Republicans in the committee offered 11 amendments that would  shrink the number of people who would qualify for relief under the bill, add provisions to play up racial stereotypes, and that would bar qualifying folks from sponsoring their parents for relief from deportation once they became citizens. All 11 anti-immigrant amendments were defeated!

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream and herself a potential beneficiary of the Dream and Promise Act said:

“The new Democratic majority should pass the Dream and Promise Act now and oppose all harmful amendments. Rejecting the growth of the Deportation Force, and laws that racially profile and criminalize immigrants and people of color, is the right thing to do.

We fought back against additional anti-immigrant provisions in a bill that already includes unnecessary, criminalizing language never before seen in a Dream Act. And now we call on House lawmakers who want to send a strong message that immigrant communities should be protected without adding to the pain Trump is creating: Pass the Dream and Promise Act now.”

Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director for United We Dream, added:

“Our fight for clean, permanent protections for immigrants isn’t over, but yesterday we made remarkable progress.

Republicans in the committee shamefully tried and failed to derail the bill 11 times with amendments to build up the deportation force and legislate racial profiling and the criminalization of our communities.  But we made it clear that our communities deserve protection – period.

As the bill moves through the House, Democrats should continue rejecting amendments that attack and demonize immigrants and people of color and that only fuel Trump’s mass deportation plans. It is time for the House to say loud and clear that 2 million immigrants should be protected and that Trump’s attacks on our communities must end!”  

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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.