Rep. Susan Davis Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Dreamers, TPS and DED Recipients

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Washington, March 12, 2019 | comments

Rep. Susan Davis joined colleagues to co-sponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, to protect our nation’s Dreamers, as well as our Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. These protections would allow them to contribute fully to our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.

“Dreamers and TPS and DED holders contribute every day to our communities and our nation as teachers, students, medical professionals, first responders, entrepreneurs, and taxpayers,” said Rep. Davis.  “However, the actions of the Trump Administration have put the lives and futures of the Dreamers, TPS, and DED in jeopardy. They live with great uncertainty and fear of the threat of deportation from their homes, their families, and their communities. The Dream and Promise Act will provide them with that certainty.”

In 2017, the Trump Administration eviscerated protections for Dreamers when the decision was made to rescind the DACA program.  Although court injunctions have so far permitted Dreamers to renew, their status remains in limbo. This bill 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.

In addition, the 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. People with TPS and DED are just as American as Dreamers, working hard every day to pursue their American dream.

This bill is designed to promote justice and fairness for Dreamers, and for the TPS and DED holders who fled brutality, violence, and natural disasters many years ago to come to this country.

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