Schakowsky Votes to Pass the American Dream and Promise Act
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act to secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s Dreamers, as well as many Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.
The American Dream and Promise Act creates a long-awaited, critical path to citizenship for almost four million people. At the same time, the bill falls short of our racial justice and equity values and excludes many people from citizenship based on interactions with the criminal legal system. These provisions represent a shift backwards in policy about policing and will have a disproportionate impact on our Black and Brown communities.
“There’s no doubt that the American Dream and Promise Act will bring much needed relief to our Dreamers and immigrant communities,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky. “However, many of my constituents are disappointed that H.R. 6 contains harsh exclusions that will keep many of our long-time residents from citizenship because of mistakes and misdeeds in their youth. I will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform inclusive of many more members of our community. We will not stop until we have citizenship for all 11 million undocumented people.”
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.