Allred Votes for Bipartisan Dream Act, Will Provide Relief to Dreamers and Certainty for Immigrants Seeking Asylum
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), today voted in favor of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. Allred is an original cosponsor of the measure which passed the House with bipartisan support.
“The Dream and Promise Act is exactly the kind of bipartisan, common-sense legislation we need as part of any effort to fix our broken immigration system,” said Allred. “This bill provides young people, many of whom came here through no fault of their own, a pathway to fully contribute to society and live their version of the American dream. Moving forward, we must continue to stand up for our American values and put aside partisan politics so we can work together on comprehensive reform.”
More about the Dream and Promise Act:
In 2017, the Administration eliminated protections for Dreamers when the DACA program was rescinded. Though federal courts have so far permitted Dreamers to renew their applications, their long-term 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 four 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 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens.