American Dream and Promise Act
The country took a major step forward when President Obama announced a policy to halt the deportation of young undocumented immigrants up to age 30 and allow them the chance to work. Our immigration enforcement should prioritize real threats, not the deportation of hard-working young men and women who have been in the U.S. since childhood.
However, while halting deportations and granting work permits offer critical short-term relief for many young-people, the Trump Administration is now attempting to reverse that policy. That is why we need long-term solutions like H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which would allow young undocumented individuals to join the military or go to college and have a path to citizenship, and enshrine it into law. Young immigrants, many of whom who know no other home and have no recollection of the parent’s native country, ought to be able to pursue the American dream. Our country is at its best when its sticks to core founding principles – equality, fairness, opportunity for all.
We will continue to fight to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipientsand provide a path to citizenship. This program offers a reprieve from deportation, and work authorization, to many young immigrants who meet certain requirements that parallel the letter and spirit of the American Dream and Promise Act. My office is eager to help constituents file for and renew this benefit. If you live in my district, please CLICK HERE for assistance.
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Today I spoke on the floor during debate of H.R. 6., I spoke in support of the bill, but shared the concerns of many of my constituents that it bars too many people in our community from a path to citizenship.
ICE Enforcement Actions Anticipated
According to the President, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) plans to conduct immigration enforcement operations around the country. The operation is expected to target families and young adults who entered the United States as unaccompanied children.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, made the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act:
“As a first generation American and daughter of immigrants, I am so proud to have cosponsored, voted for, and help pass the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6. This legislation ensures that Dreamers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients are protected from detention and deportation and have a pathway to U.S. citizenship.