Rep. Maloney Votes to Protect Dreamers, Urges Senate to Quickly Do the Same

Mar 18, 2021
Press Release
House passes H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act to protect up to 3.4 million immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after voting to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)  spoke on the House floor urging the Senate to quickly pass this bill that provides a commonsense pathway to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and citizenship for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. The American Dream and Promise Act provides vital protections to up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States.

 

In calling on the Senate to act, she noted the urgency of this request, stating, “These Americans, in every way but on paper, deal with uncertainty each day that we fail to act.”

 

H.R. 6 is supported by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, AFL-CIO, SEIU, ACLU, United We Dream, UnidosUS, Apple, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), United Farm Workers, America’s Voice, Fwd.US, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Immigration Hub, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Forum, TPS Alliance, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service, UndocuBlack Network, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Bipartisan Policy Center Action, Center for American Progress, American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Social Workers, First Focus Campaign for Children, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), National Council of Jewish Women Service, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and Employees International Union.

 

You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech and read a transcript below.

 

“I rise today in support of the millions of Dreamers who call America home, and contribute to the rich tapestry of our country, and yet, have seen their dreams of a permanent home deferred over and over again.

 

“These Americans in every way but one – they’re Americans in every way but on paper – deal with uncertainty each day that we fail to act. And now that the House has acted, the Senate must immediately pass the American Dream and Promise Act.

 

“In our melting pot of a city, New Yorkers have shown again and again that it is our diversity that makes us strong – and immigrants and the American Dream are linked.

 

“And so today, the House made clear that immigrants are welcome here, and that Dreamers deserve to know their home will not be taken away.

 

“I thank all of my colleagues who voted yes to providing this commonsense pathway to citizenship and urge the Senate to do the same.”

 

Background

 

The American Dream and Promise Act establishes a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers and for certain individuals who either held or were eligible for TPS or DED.  The majority of these individuals have been in the United States for much of their lives, often with work authorization and temporary protections against deportation. Five years after attaining full LPR status, individuals are then eligible to apply for citizenship, a path that is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American public.  H.R. 6 promotes justice and fairness for our nation’s Dreamers, and for the TPS and DED holders who fled ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions to come to this country and who have been contributing to our economy and our communities for years and are employed at high rates in industries that often struggle to find sufficient U.S. workers. 

 

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