Let’s Get the Dream and Promise Act over the Finish Line in Immigration

The following is a statement from Theresa Brown, director of immigration at the Bipartisan Policy Center, on H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019:

“The introduction today of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to provide protections to Dreamers and TPS holders is a necessary step to address the ongoing limbo status suffered by these individuals who have been part of the American community for decades. Since the termination of DACA in the fall of 2017 and the more recent terminations of TPS status for more than 300,000 individuals, they have continued to have status only due to court actions that have provided temporary stays of execution for these programs. Almost 1 million individuals, who have been living and working in the United States for decades with legal permission under these programs, now face imminent conversion to undocumented status. This will have significant implications for their employers, their communities and their families.

America needs legislative solutions to fix our immigration system, not whipsawing executive actions or endless litigation. We hope that the introduction of this bill can lead to a bipartisan effort to finally deal with this issue, and urge members of both parties to begin negotiations on legislation that can get enacted and signed into law.”