As the House Judiciary Committee moves tomorrow to mark up legislation aimed at providing permanent protections for millions of Dreamers, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients and their families the Trump administration has thrown into legal jeopardy, America’s Voice reminds Judiciary Members of the immigrants whose lives now rest in their hands.
Steps to pass the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) and its constituent parts that address Dreamers and TPS/DED holders come after President Trump made the cruel decision to strip away the legal status of Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, throwing their lives and communities into chaos.
According to Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice:
Congress is cleaning up the mess the Trump administration made. Millions of people now find themselves in limbo because this White House has zealously pushed cruel policies to deport millions of long term residents who have deep roots in American communities. Their white supremacist agenda not only impacts individual immigrants but the hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens who are part of their families and could face separation or exile through forced deportation.
Moving forward with this legislation is one step forward in the process of protecting the millions of immigrants who call America home, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades. Dreamers, TPS holders and DED recipients have built their lives in the U.S. and are integral parts of our communities. This legislation strengthens our economy, keeps families together and offers broader protection for Dreamers who may not have or be qualified for the DACA program. It injects stability into millions of lives, which will benefit American communities large and small.
With millions of lives on the line, inaction is not an option. Our leaders must continue moving swiftly to pass the Dream and Promise Act and protect those who have made the United States their home.