Alianza Americas Applauds House Passage of Pro-Immigrant Migration Proposal and Urges the Senate to Follow Suit

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

Alianza Americas Applauds House Passage of Pro-Immigrant Migration Proposal and Urges the Senate to Follow Suit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Yancy Nuñez: ynunez@alianzaamericas.org

Chicago, IL – June 5, 2019. With House approval of House Resolution 6 yesterday, we witnessed the fruits of years of hard work, education and advocacy on the part of beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who have tirelessly told their own stories to pressure policymakers and inform the public of the importance of permanent protections for these long-term residents in the United States. Coordinated advocacy efforts among many organizations, including members of Alianza Americas led to this historic first step toward permanent protections that would benefit millions of families.

HR 6, known as the Dream and Promise Act proposes to create a pathway for Lawful permanent residency visas for people who are currently living in the United States with temporary protection. Lawful permanent residency is a first step that can eventually enable an immigrant to pursue naturalization and citizenship. The leadership of Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) was critical to moving this proposal through the House.

This historic moment in the US House of Representatives provides a much-needed ray of hope, but it requires action from the Senate to become law. For that reason, we urge Senate leaders to follow the example of the House. Alianza Americas Director, Oscar Chacón, made the following statement:

“Alianza Americas and our organizational members celebrate the passage of the Dream and Promise Act in the House of Representatives. This proposed law would allow people who have lived in the United States for many years under temporary protections to apply for permanent residency. This would be a just solution for these individuals and families who have lived with ongoing uncertainty for many years. TPS, DACA, and DED beneficiaries already generate billions in tax revenues and productivity and contribute in many ways to communities in the United States. Permanent residency status will allow them to continue to put down roots and flourish here, while also continuing to provide lifelines of support their loved ones in countries of origin through family remittances.

We congratulate all of those DACA, TPS, and DED holders whose tireless efforts brought us to this day, and also to the many community-based organizations, members of Alianza Americas, and other organizations who have come together in this struggle for lawful permanent residency since 1992.

While we celebrate this proposed reform, we also prepare for a long struggle ahead toward permanent protection for people holding DACA, TPS and DED status. The Senate will be the next focus of attention, with leadership required from both political parties to move forward. The ultimate goal will be for permanent status, but it is also urgent to extend immediate protections for all those currently in legal limbo as a result of program cancellations.

Alianza Americas and its member organizations will continue to fight for migration policy solutions that recognize the positive roles of migrants in society, independent of their migration status. We will also continue to fight for economic justice for all, both in the United States as well as in our countries of origin, and for respect for human rights for all people, including migrants and their families.”

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