WASHINGTON –Today, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary will markup the American Dream and Promise Act, the original draft of which has the support of 233 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation provides protection from deportation and a path to citizenship to an estimated 2 million Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) who have lived here for decades and contributed to today’s burgeoning economy.

The following is a statement from Susan Collins, Director of Policy and Advocacy with the National Partnership for New Americans.

“We applaud the Judiciary Committee for taking this important step in the legislative process. The stability of our families and the prosperity of the United States depends on our ability to build an inclusive and diverse nation where those who come to pursue the American Dream—to study, work, join family, escape danger and seek a better life–can do so without being punished for it.  The beneficiaries of the bill being marked up today – people who have lived here and contributed to the nation for years – deserve U.S. citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that come with it. Full stop.

The National Partnership for New Americans calls on each and every member of the House Judiciary Committee to have the guts to put politics and hate aside, to stand up for these beloved community members who are already United States citizens at heart, pass the bill out of committee and send it to the House floor for final passage.” 

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The National Partnership for New Americans, a national, multiethnic, multiracial partnership of immigrants and refugee rights organizations across 31 states who work to promote citizenship and integration among our diverse immigrant and refugee communities for the benefit of all Americans.
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