Lawmakers in the U.S. House have introduced the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which seeks to protect immigrant children and families from deportation and give them a path to permanent legal status and citizenship. The bill, HR 6, specifically focuses on DREAMers and individuals who are driven from their home countries due to violence or natural disaster.
Stand for Children believes every child deserves a high-quality education. Living every day in fear of having your family torn apart can disrupt learning and development in children and prevent them from reaching their full potential. We stand with DREAMers and immigrant parents who are striving for a better life for their kids.
What HR 6 would mean for DREAMers
Under the Dream and Promise Act, DREAMers (undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children) would be able to apply for conditional permanent residency, a status that would last for 10 years. Those who are granted this conditional status can then apply to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR), if they earn a college degree, complete two years of military service, or are employed for three years.
What HR 6 would mean for TPS and DED recipients
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted by the Department of Homeland Security to immigrants who flee their home countries due to armed conflict or environmental disaster. Most current TPS recipients are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, and have lived in the U.S. for decades.
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is an immigration status similar to TPS, although the decision to grant DED status is made by the U.S. President, not DHS. Liberia is the only country currently designated for DED.
HR 6 would allow TPS and DED recipients who have lived in the U.S. for at least three years to apply for lawful permanent residence (green cards).