Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act to modernize and reform our immigration system and secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have been, and will continue to be, key to the economic recovery of our nation. The American Dream and Promise Act provides relief to our nation’s Dreamers, as well as to many Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.
“As the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, I understand the need for the Dream and Promise Act, and more importantly, we need a humane and dignified 21st Century immigration System and comprehensive immigration reform. The time has come for the values of our nation to be reflected in our immigration policies. H.R. 6, offers a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED recipients. Without permanent protections such as those in the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, the future of these immigrants and their families – as well as the important economic contributions they make to our country – are at risk,” said Clarke.
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.