American Dream and Promise Act
One year ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6), which provides a pathway to citizenship for:
- Those who were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents (“Dreamers”);
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders;
- Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.
In the year since the passage of H.R.6., there has been no action in the U.S. Senate to advance permanent legislative protection for Dreamers and TPS holders.
Two weeks ago, June 4, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, released the following statement:
“One year ago today the House of Representatives passed H.R.6, a bill offering a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers, TPS and DED holders. Today, sadly, Dreamers and TPS holders remain vulnerable and without permanent legal status.
“This continued uncertainty for Dreamers and TPS holders comes at a time during the COVID-19 pandemic when many Dreamers and TPS holders are, alongside U.S. citizens, on the frontlines providing essential work for our country in health care, food supply, and transportation. For example, currently, more than 62,000 workers who are DACA-eligible are working in healthcare.
“As we await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the legality of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we again call on the Senate to push forward with legislation that provides a path to citizenship for these individuals, who are essential to our communities, our Church and our country.”
If you would like to learn more, Cincinnati’s Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center is a great place to start: https://ijpccincinnati.org/pass-the-dream-act/.