Washington, DC - Yesterday, Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) introduced the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.
We know that 250,000 TPS holders are employed in the U.S. and they are parents to nearly 275,000 U.S. citizen children. For the 14,791 Nepali TPS recipients and the 16,000 AAPI DACA recipients and many others, passage of this legislation would mean that our union siblings, families and neighbors are able to continue remaining in their communities - working to support their families, and studying to advance their education.”
APALA Minnesota’s President and Executive Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Jigme Ugen commented, “Since the onslaught of this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, union members have been holding their breath for the Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED beneficiaries in our unions and our communities.
We applaud Reps Roybal-Allard, Velázquez, and Clarke for introducing the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. It is an important step forward to protect integral members of our communities.”
Former APALA Dream Fellow, Ju Hong added, “I am grateful for the introduction of this long overdue legislation that would ensure that I am able to continue working and staying with my family here in San Francisco, California. We’ve long been in the shadows and this legislation gives us hope that we might be able to live our lives with dignity.
Undocumented youth and TPS holders are members of this community. We belong here. We hope Congress will support policies that keep families like mine together and pass the Dream and Promise Act of 2019.”