H.R.6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

Photo of Congress member Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard

To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe the 780,000 “Dreamers” protected under DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries, deserve to remain protected and free from the fear of being deported since they have followed the rules granted to them. The courts have blocked several attempts of disbanding the program, which validates the legality behind the program.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe the U.S. will be at a disadvantage by allowing numerous immigrants a path to citizenship. The bill proposes protecting not only Dreamers, but TPS and DED recipients, which will further increase immigration numbers.
Introduced House Senate President Law

The American Dream and Promise Act is the 116th congress' version of the Dream Act, a bill which has been introduced since 2001 to allow the U.S.-raised immigrant youth known as “Dreamers” to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. The legislation goes a step further, including protections and a path to citizenship not just for Dreamers, but also for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.

The bill grants a conditional permanent resident status for DACA recipients, or "Dreamers", as they are commonly referred to.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was an executive order placed by the Obama administration in 2012, which granted certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and a work permit.

TPS, or Temporary protected status, is a temporary status given to certain individuals of designated countries who are present in the U.S. from some countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster, allowing persons to live and work in the U.S, for limited times.

DED, or Deferred Enforced Departure, is not exactly an immigration status, rather it is a list in which individuals are not subject to removal from the United States, usually for a designated period of time. This list of countries are usually designated at the discretion of the President to conduct foreign relations.

President Trump set multiple deadlines for the end of the DACA program, but multiple court decisions have struck down his executive orders. DACA recipients are now in a state of limbo while several Congress proposals have lead nowhere.

“I have seen firsthand the love that our Dreamers have for our country. They are our neighbors and colleagues who help strengthen our communities. They are students, scientists, researchers, and small business owners," said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, original sponsor of the Dream Act and the American Dream and Promise Act. "Our Dream and Promise Act recognizes the contributions and patriotism of Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED beneficiaries by helping them stay in America, pursue a path to citizenship, and keep strengthening our great country. I look forward to fighting for the passage of this pivotal legislation in the House, and making it the law of the land.”

“For two years, the Trump Administration has viciously targeted some of our most vulnerable immigrant communities creating a climate of uncertainty and fear,” said Congresswoman Velázquez, co-sponsor of the legislation.“Whether it is Dreamers who arrived here as children or TPS or DED recipients who came here fleeing desperate conditions, we need to make clear to these immigrants – our friends and neighbors – that we stand with them and they are here to stay.”

Conservatives worry about the increase in immigration levels, specially since this bill further protects TPS and DED recipients on top of what the original Dream Act sought to protect.

The bill is likely to pass the House, as Democrats hold the majority. Chances of passage are slim though, with Republicans owning the majority in the Senate and the President historically having used the DACA recipients as bargaining chips in his effort to build a southern wall and increase border protection.


Sponsored by: Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 224 Dem.

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