Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined fellow Members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to protect our nation's Dreamers, as well as our Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, allowing them to contribute fully to Illinois communities and our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.
"Across the country, Dreamers and TPS and DED holders are essential members of our communities who work and live alongside us and contribute to the best of America. They are our nation's teachers, students, medical professionals, first responders, entrepreneurs, and taxpayers," said Rush. "However, the Trump Administration has cruelly dishonored and attacked these immigrants, pushing a callous and cruel anti-immigrant agenda that undermines immigrants' right and protections, tears apart families, and forces communities to live under a cloud of fear and uncertainty. But Democrats are honoring our obligation to these immigrants and honoring America's heritage as a land of immigrants with today's introduction of the Dream and Promise Act."
In 2017, the Trump Administration eviscerated protections for Dreamers when the decision was made to rescind the DACA program. Although court injunctions have so far permitted Dreamers to renew their status, they remain in limbo. H.R. 6 provides a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who were continuously present in the U.S. for 4 years prior to the date of the bill's enactment. Dreamers would be provided conditional permanent resident status and would need to complete an education, employment, or military track to adjust to permanent resident status.
In addition, the Dream and Promise Act would secure permanent residency for people with TPS and DED. After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens. On average, TPS recipients have lived in the United States for 20 years, building a new life for themselves and their families. Similarly, DED recipients have lived in the United States and contributed to their communities since 2007.
"I am proud to cosponsor this legislation, which provides a pathway for citizenship and opens a door of opportunity for these hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents, so that they have a chance to fulfill the promise of the American Dream. Dreamers and TPS and DED holders are part of our country, and we must ensure that they can continue to stay and contribute to our nation," said Rush.