The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote this week on the Dream and Promise Act, legislation that would offer permanent protections to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children or to seek refuge from armed conflict or natural disaster.
This bill would grant those with Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) a pathway to permanent legal status and citizenship.
Here’s a rundown of facts and statistics about the Dream and Promise Act:
How many people does it affect? About 2.5 million immigrants could be eligible to apply for permanent legal status and/or citizenship under this legislation.
How does this affect DREAMers? Undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. under the age of 18 and have lived here for at least four years would be eligible to become a conditional permanent resident if they are enrolled in secondary school or have a high school diploma, GED, or industry recognized credential, and pass a background check. The bill would also protect younger immigrants until they’re old enough to meet these criteria.
How does this affect people with TPS or DED? Immigrants who held this status in September 2016 and who have been in the U.S. for at least three years will be granted lawful protected residency. Immigrants from these 13 countries are potentially eligible: El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
How do these immigrants contribute to the economy? Each year, DREAMers, TPS and DED recipients and their households contribute $17.4 billion in federal taxes and $9.7 billion in state and local taxes. They hold approximately $75.4 billion in spending power.
Why is this important? Stand believes EVERY child deserves a high-quality public education, but being forced to live every day in fear of having your family torn apart can disrupt learning and development and prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Tell your representative to vote yes on the Dream and Promise Act so immigrant children and their families can emerge from the shadows and proudly contribute to the country they love!
To learn more about the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 and how it would affect your state, check out this factsheet.