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Garamendi Helps Pass Legislation to Protect Dreamers and TPS Recipients

June 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted in favor of the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which would establish lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients.

“President Trump has shamefully thrown the lives of Dreamers and TPS recipients into a state of peril by attempting to end DACA and most TPS designations,” Garamendi said. “Today, I was proud to stand up to the President’s actions by passing the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide vital protections to 2.5 million immigrants who have spent much of their lives in the United States and made positive contributions to our nation. Without permanent protections such as those in the American Dream and Promise Act, these immigrants’ and their families’ futures in the United States – as well as the economic contributions they make – are at risk. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they want a permanent solution and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Here’s their opportunity to do exactly that by supporting this strong bipartisan legislation from the House,” Garamendi concluded.

The American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) offers a pathway to citizenship for these and other similarly situated immigrants who have spent much of their lives in the United States. Dreamers who are eligible for protection under the bill on average arrived in the United States at the age of 8 and have grown up and built their lives knowing the United States as their home. Similarly, immigrants eligible for TPS– programs that protect individuals in the United States whose countries of origin are experiencing ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary conditions – have, on average, lived in the United States since 1997.

The full text of H.R. 6 can be read here. Garamendi is an original cosponsor of the legislation.

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