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Press Release: LAWG Applauds Passage of Dream and Promise Act, Calls for Swift Action to Grant Members of our Communities Overdue Permanent Protections

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Date: Jun 05, 2019

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Lily Folkerts, Program Associate
(202) 546-7010 | lfolkerts@lawg.org

June 5, 2019

Washington, D.C.—The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) applauds the passage of H.R. 6, “American Dream and Promise Act 2019,” in the House of Representatives last night which would grant Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries a pathway to citizenship. The bill passed with bipartisan support.

This is a historic win for our communities and for our country. The House has spoken against the administration’s cruel policies to rip these families apart and has stood up overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing Dreamers, TPS, and DED beneficiaries for who they are—permanent members of our communities. We urge the Senate to pass these protections into law as soon as possible,” states Daniella Burgi-Palomino, LAWG Senior Associate for Mexico, Migrant Rights and Border Issues.

The bill would impact an estimated over two million Dreamers, TPS, and DED beneficiaries. LAWG has worked hard with our partners to educate policymakers around the urgency of the bill and potential impact on people’s lives, including alerting to the conditions of insecurity that some of these beneficiaries would be returned to in Central America. We continue to stand with the Dreamers, TPS, and DED beneficiaries and will work hard to ensure a path forward. We urge the Senate to take swift action and move the bill forward into law.