Rep. Wild Votes to Honor our Nation’s Values and Pass American Dream and Promise Act
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, landmark legislation that provides permanent protections to our nation’s Dreamers, as well as to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, allowing them to contribute fully to Pennsylvania communities and our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.
“I am proud to stand with my colleagues to take this historic step toward giving our patriotic Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) real protections under the law,” Wild said. “The Dreamers were brought here as children and have embraced this country as their own. TPS recipients sought refuge here after facing dangerous and inhumane conditions in their home countries. Both of these groups have become integral to our nation of immigrants and deserve a fair chance to remain part of the communities they contribute to and call home.”
The American Dream and Promise Act establishes a process for Dreamers meeting certain criteria to first obtain conditional lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for 10 years, and then, when they have met certain additional educational, military service or work requirements, to obtain full lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. Once obtaining full LPR status, Dreamers can then apply for citizenship after an additional five years. Similarly, the bill establishes a process for TPS and DED holders meeting certain criteria to also obtain lawful permanent resident status (and eventual citizenship). Without these permanent protections, the future of our Dreamers and TPS and DED holders – and their contributions to our economy – remain at risk.
This bill, simply, is designed to promote justice and fairness for our nation’s Dreamers, and for the TPS and DED holders who had fled ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, and other extraordinary conditions many years ago to come to this country.