This legislative ask is designed to be shared with your members of Congress and their staff.
Our nation is stronger because of the immigrants who come to our country every year. But millions of people live in the shadows, fearing imminent separation from their families, prolonged detention, or a return to life-threatening situations. As president, Joe Biden has promised to protect Dreamers and their families. But any executive action is a short-term response. Congressional action is needed to overhaul the U.S. immigration system and create a permanent solution for pathways to citizenship.
Urge Congress to add the pathways to citizenship in the Dream and Promise Act to the recovery legislation being considered this summer.
For nearly a decade, individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status have had their lives in limbo. The Trump administration and then the courts attempted to undermine their status. These individuals with DACA status are part of a much larger group of approximately three million Dreamers who came to this country as children, grew up in our communities, and know no home but the United States.
The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) that passed the House in March 2021 creates a path to citizenship for undocumented youth and other immigrant groups, such as holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
This was an important step. Now we urge Congress to add the pathways to citizenship included in the Dream and Promise Act to recovery legislation. Here’s what the Dream and Promise Act will do:
- Establish a roadmap to lawful permanent resident status and U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age 18, have four or more years of residency, and graduated from high school (or the equivalent).
- Provide an opportunity for people who currently hold (or who may be eligible for) Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure and have three or more years of residence in the U.S. to apply for permanent residence and, eventually, U.S. citizenship.
- Contain no harmful measures that shut the door to other categories of immigrants.
- Have broad popular backing. Provisions of Dream and Promise legislation have support from members of Congress, 1,200 faith leaders, and 140 of the nation’s top businesses.