REP LIEU STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM ACT
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) voted with the majority of Members to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which provides vital protections to up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States. Rep. Lieu is a cosponsor of the bill.
“I know that, as an immigrant myself, you can feel a strong sense of patriotism for our great nation even if you weren’t born here. Dreamers also know this to be true. And, for many of them, the United States is the only home they know or remember. We owed it to them and the contributions they’ve already made to our country to pass this legislation today. TPS and DED holders have lived in our communities for years and also deserve these permanent protections. I hope that the Senate quickly follows suit.”
The American Dream and Promise Act – establishes a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers and for certain individuals who either held or were eligible for TPS or DED. The majority of these individuals have been in the United States for much of their lives, often with work authorization and temporary protections against deportation. Five years after attaining full LPR status, individuals are then eligible to apply for citizenship, a path that is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American public. H.R. 6 promotes justice and fairness for our nation’s Dreamers, and for the TPS and DED holders who fled ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions to come to this country and who have been contributing to our economy and our communities for years and are employed at high rates in industries that often struggle to find sufficient U.S. workers.