Cicilline, House Dems Pass American Dream and Promise Act

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this afternoon during consideration of the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6), legislation that protects and offers a path to citizenship for 6,200 Dreamers and TPS holders living in Rhode Island today. Cicilline is a co-sponsor of the proposal.


“These are some of the most hardworking and accomplished people I’ve met during my time in public service. Most were brought here as children by their families who came fleeing war and violence in their home country,” said Cicilline. “Regardless of how they came here, they are a part of our community. They have served in the military, attended school, and worked hard and made significant contributions to our country. They are American in every way except for a piece of paper. I’m proud that the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act today so that they can continue living here, working here, and contributing to our community. I am pleased that this bill also protects Liberian DED beneficiaries from deportation and offers them a path to citizenship.”


For the last two years, the Trump administration has attacked Dreamers and TPS recipients by trying to roll back immigration protections, block their re-applications, or deport them from this country. By rescinding DACA and TPS designations, the administration has left recipients in legal limbo, caught in the immigration crisis the administration has manufactured itself.


The American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6) establishes a pathway to citizenship for up to 2.5 million Dreamers and TPS holders living in the United States today. Over the last few years, Cicilline has spoken out repeatedly about the importance of standing up for the Dreamers, individuals who were brought to the United States as children, and TPS holders, who came here after leaving behind violence, natural disasters, or desperate humanitarian conditions in their native countries.


The American Dream and Promise Act now awaits further consideration in the U.S. Senate, which is led by Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who recently said, when asked whether he would consider legislation passed by the House, "…Think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass.” 


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