Rep. Johnson Co-Sponsors Dream and Promise Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) joined fellow Members of Congress to co-sponsor 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 Georgia’s communities and our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.
“In Georgia, Dreamers and TPS and DED holders contribute to our communities and our nation as teachers, students, medical professionals, first responders, entrepreneurs and taxpayers,” said Rep. Johnson. “However, due to the cruel actions of the Trump Administration, the lives and futures of the Dreamers and TPS and DED holders now hang in the balance – as they live with great uncertainly and fear, under the threat of deportation from their homes, their families and their communities. With the introduction of the Dream and Promise Act, Democrats are taking decisive action to protect these proud Americans from the Administration’s callous attempts to strip away their critical status.”
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 remains in limbo. This bill would provide 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 fulfill 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. People with TPS and DED are just as American as Dreamers, working hard every day to pursue their American Dream.
This bill is designed to promote justice and fairness for Dreamers, and for the TPS and DED holders who had fled brutality, violence and natural disasters many years ago to come to this country.
“As Members of Congress, it is our responsibility to provide certainty to Dreamers, as well as TPS and DED holders throughout georgia and across the country who continue to live in fear and uncertainty,” continued Rep. Johnson. “It is a privilege to join my colleagues to co-sponsor the Dream and Promise Act to strengthen our nation and end the administration’s assault on our most cherished values.”