House Vote Should Spark Real Effort to Enact a Dreamer Law
(Arlington, VA) – Today the House of Representatives is expected to approve H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act. This measure provides a path to legal status – and potentially citizenship – to Dreamers, holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and those with Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). If approved in the House, H.R. 6 faces an uncertain future in the Senate, without an expected vote in the foreseeable future.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"Today's vote to provide a path to permanent legal status for the Dreamers and TPS recipients is a positive step. The Dreamers know no other home than the United States. Every day they contribute to our economy and communities, but there is one big thing holding them back: the uncertainty around their status. Until and unless the law changes – giving them a way to remain legally in the United States – they remain limited in contributing to America’s success.
“We are hopeful that this vote sets the stage for discussions among leaders in both parties, in both the House and Senate. Given the extraordinary level of support for the Dreamers among the American people, this can’t be the end of the discussion. It has to be a new beginning – the start of a discussion about how to move legislation through the House and Senate and have it signed by the president. We are thankful to lawmakers who support this important effort.”