Deutch Statement on Passage of American Dream & Promise Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act:
“I’ve met with many Dreamers and people who arrived in America under Temporary Protected Status, both at home in South Florida and in Washington.
“Dreamers are Americans in every way, except on paper. They have grown up here. America is the only country they have ever known as home.
“The average Floridian who arrived under TPS has lived in the U.S. for almost two decades. They are our neighbors, students, teachers, business owners, community leaders, and friends. Those who have made the most of the opportunities of the American Dream deserve a path to citizenship.
“Today, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act to live up to the values that made Dreamers and all immigrants feel so welcome and hopeful when they arrived.”
H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, establishes a process for Dreamers meeting certain criteria to first obtain conditional lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for 10 years, and then, when they have met certain additional educational, military service or work requirements, to obtain full lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.
Once obtaining full LPR status, Dreamers can then apply for citizenship after an additional five years.
Similarly, the bill establishes a process for TPS and DED holders meeting certain criteria to also obtain lawful permanent resident status (and eventual citizenship). Without these permanent protections, the future of our Dreamers and TPS and DED holders – and their contributions to our economy – remain at risk.
The bill would put 2.5 million Dreamers and immigrants eligible for Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure on a path to citizenship.
● Florida is home to 200,000 people eligible for protection under this bill.
● These individuals live with 370,000 family members including 74,800 U.S.-born citizen children.
● Dreamers in Florida arrived in the US at the average age of 9 years old.
● The average TPS and DED eligible Floridian has been a member of our communities since 2000, nearly 20 years.