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  • ABIC Statement on Historic Passage of H.R. 6: The Dream and Promise Act

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    June 05, 2019
    ABIC Statement on Historic Passage of H.R. 6: The Dream and Promise Act
     
    For Immediate Release: June 4, 2019

    Media Contacts:
    Juan Carlos Cerda, jccerda@americanbic.biz 
    Alia El-Assar, aelassar@americanbic.biz 
    James O'Neill, joneill@americanbic.biz 

    Today, the House of Representatives passed The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) by a vote of 237-187. The vote was bipartisan, with all Democrats who voted voting in favor, and 7 Republicans voting in favor of the bill. The Dream and Promise Act contains the following provisions:

    -- Provides conditional permanent resident (CPR) status and a roadmap to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and U.S. citizenship to individuals who entered the U.S. before age 18, have four or more years of residency, and graduated from high school (or the equivalent).
    -- Allows people who currently have or who may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) and who have three or more years of residency to apply for LPR status and, eventually, U.S. citizenship.

    The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) applauds Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing this landmark legislation, making this the most substantial immigration legislation passed by the House in nearly a decade.  Introduced by Rep. Roybal-Allard (D- CA), H.R.6 would protect over 2.5 million Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED recipients from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship. The bill will now head to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    ABIC strongly urges the Senate to consider and pass The Dream and Promise Act as quickly as possible. A new poll by Global Strategy Group demonstrates the widespread support of creating a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers among the general public and its bipartisan appeal, with over three quarters of voters, as well as 71% of Independents and 64% of Republicans,  supporting full citizenship for Dreamers.

    Dreamers and TPS holders have deep roots in the U.S. and have made enormous contributions to our society and economy.  A study by the New American Economy shows that TPS holders and Dreamers contributed more than $5.5 billion in taxes and held $25.2 billion in spending power in 2017.

    Please call your senator and urge them to support The Dream and Promise Act in order to protect our communities, keep families together, and increase the economic prosperity of our nation.
     
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    The American Business Immigration Coalition promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides American companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. For more information please visit www.americanbic.biz

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