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Napolitano Joins Over 200 Colleagues in Introducing Dream and Promise Act

March 12, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) joined over 200 of her colleagues in introducing H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, to protect Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and those covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), allowing them to fully contribute to our communities while providing a pathway to citizenship.

“We are a proud nation of immigrants, and nothing the President says or does will change this truth,” Napolitano said. “The Dream and Promise Act honors this heritage and promotes justice and fairness for Dreamers—many of whom have known no other country—and for TPS and DED holders, who came to the U.S. fleeing troublesome conditions, unimaginable violence, and natural disasters years ago. These patriotic men and women embody our American ideals, values, and everything we hold dear. They have built new lives for themselves and their families, and they contribute immensely to our communities and economies. We should pass this bill immediately to end the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding Dreamers as well as TPS and DED recipients, ensure the rights and dignity of all people living under these designations, and provide hundreds of thousands an opportunity to fulfill the promise of the American Dream.”

The Trump administration gutted protections for Dreamers by heartlessly rescinding the successful DACA program in 2017 and terminating TPS and DED for people from several nations, including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, and Liberia. While court injunctions have so far permitted Dreamers to renew and extended TPS for those from certain countries, their status remains in limbo. 

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.

H.R. 6 would also secure permanent residency for TPS and DED holders. After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens. TPS recipients on average have lived in the United States for 20 years; DED recipients have lived here and contributed to their communities since 2007.

Napolitano is one of 204 original cosponsors of H.R. 6, which is expected to pass the House with overwhelming support.

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