Rep. Antonio Delgado Helps Introduce Bill to Protect Dreamers, TPS Recipients
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) signed on as an original cosponsor to the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which provides a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers – young people who were brought to this country as kids – and those who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status.
“We have young people in our country who came here as kids – this country is their home. And we have families who came to our nation fleeing dangerous conditions who were granted protections in this country and yet many are now being told to leave. It goes against our fundamental values to deport individuals who are here for no other reason than to contribute to and work toward our shared hopes and dreams as a nation,” Delgado said. “In the face of an Administration that has tried to pull the rug out from under these young people, and engaged in inhumane and cruel practices separating children from their families, we’re standing strong with Dreamers and immigrant communities today by introducing this landmark bill.”
The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 provides a pathway to citizenship for three groups of individuals: Dreamers, who entered the country as children and have fulfilled other requirements such as graduating from high school, getting a job, or joining the military; those with Temporary Protected Status, which is granted by the President to those who lived in countries with dangerously unsafe living conditions; and those with Deferred Enforced Departure status, a similar status granted by the President.
Delgado is an original cosponsor of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and he joined a press conference this morning at the Capitol to announce the bill.