House Democrats on March 12 will reportedly introduce an expanded version of the Dream Act that will provide protections and a pathway to citizenship for “millions” of so-called Dreamers. In addition, the bill will also offer increased protections for those with “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) and refugees who have received Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status.
According to a Thursday report in Roll Call, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) will introduce the bill, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who vowed to make the Dream Act a top priority in this Congress, has already reserved bill number H.R. 6 for the “Dream and Promise Act of 2019.”
“Millions of Dreamers” will reportedly benefit from the bill in addition to the “roughly 800,000 who have had legal protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.”
Amnesty activists are set to join party leaders like Pelosi in addition to lead sponsors of the bill like Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) on March 12 for the bill’s rollout.
Roybal-Allard’s office told Roll Call that “TPS and DED protections are included” in the new Dream Act “because President Trump’s cruel and reckless actions have increased the urgency to address these issues and protect these individuals in our communities.”
As the outlet notes, a federal court blocked Trump from terminating “TPS for individuals from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador,” and “DED protections for individuals from Liberia are scheduled to expire March 31.”
For months I've been working with my colleagues @RepRoybalAllard, @RepYvetteClarke on legislation to provide Dreamers and #TPS and #DED beneficiaries a path to citizenship. Excited to finally unveil this measure on 3/12. https://t.co/ezigRQkJSK. #HR6
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) February 28, 2019
Mark your calendars for March 12, a big day in the House! @RepRoybalAllard, @NydiaVelazquez and I will introduce the Dream and Promise Act, a crucial bill to provide a path to citizenship for #Dreamers and #TPS & #DED holders. https://t.co/9kWFxVGjdn
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) February 28, 2019
I thank @RepRoybalAllard, @NydiaVelazquez, and @RepYvetteClarke for their work to introduce #HR6, the Dream and Promise Act to protect #DREAMers and those with #TPS and #DED. I look forward to bringing this bill to the Floor following introduction and committee consideration. https://t.co/h2YLFUBVBs
— Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) February 28, 2019
Excited to have a date for the introduction of #HR6, the Dream and Promise Act. #Dreamers and #TPS holders deserve a path to citizenship. Thanks to @RepRoybalAllard, @NydiaVelazquez & @RepYvetteClarke for their work on this bill. https://t.co/Ki4GtV8eCt
— Congressman Chuy García (@RepChuyGarcia) February 28, 2019