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March 4, 2021
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National coalition of Latin American immigrant-led organizations want to see positive progress
CHICAGO – Alianza Americas and Presente.org call on Congress to be equitable and inclusive in their efforts to ensure protection for immigrant communities. The Dream and Promise Act as introduced by U.S. Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Nidia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), and Katherine Clark (D-N.Y.) provides permanent status to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders and others who entered the U.S. as minors, Temporary Status Protection (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) holders. Unfortunately, the bill incorporates exclusionary and harmful provisions.
The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
“Alianza Americas’ network of more than 50 immigrant-led organizations welcomes legislation that provides permanent status to community members who have lived in the U.S. for decades and are already permanent residents of this country, but for their status. Unfortunately, the Dream and Promise Act brings in harmful, exclusionary provisions without recognition of the institutional racism that plagues the criminal system, as well as our current immigration policy and system. We believe Congress can and should do better,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Presente.org and Alianza Americas are committed to permanent status, full human rights, and inclusion of immigrant communities across the United States. This bill is an important step linking TPS holders and those who entered the U.S. as children — as well as others who have temporary protections. The exclusionary provisions present in this bill, however, would result in continuing to leave many of our community members out,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Build Power. Change Culture. ¡Stay Presente!