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CAIR Applauds U.S. House Passage of American Dream and Promise Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/19/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6) in the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 228-197.

The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 was reintroduced by the U.S. Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velazquez (NY-07), and Yvette Clarke (NY-09) on March 3, 2021.

SEE: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/18/statement-by-president-biden-on-the-american-dream-and-promise-act-of-2021/

H.R.6 would grant a track to citizenship for several groups of people, including immigrant youth and longtime residents with TPS (temporary protected status) or DED (deferred enforced departure). The bill would assist approximately 3.1 million undocumented immigrants residing within the United States of America in their long endeavors to receive permanent resident status.

The American Dream and Promise Act will:

• Require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide conditional permanent residence status for 10 years to a qualifying immigrant who entered the United States as a minor and is:
o Deportable or inadmissible,
o Has deferred enforced departure (DED) status or temporary protected status (TPS),
o Or is the child of certain classes of non-immigrants
• Requires DHS to cancel the removal of certain immigrants who had TPS, were eligible for TPS, or were eligible for DED status on certain dates
• Requires that DHS may not use information from applications filed under the bill or for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for immigration enforcement purposes
• Repeal a restriction that bars a state from providing higher education benefits to undocumented immigrants unless those benefits are available to all U.S. nationals without regard to residency in the state

“The American Dream and Promise Act provides immediate relief and protections to the millions of dreamers and immigrants who call this country their home. It is now up to the Senate to ensure these residency protections for immigrant youth and TPS holders are adopted and signed into law,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw.

The previous administration’s efforts to exclude immigrants and place them at risk have generated damages that are in desperate need of repair. The Dream and Promise Act may function as a necessary building block for more inclusionary immigration reform. 

SEE: National Immigration Law Center Responds to the Reintroduction of the Dream and Promise Act 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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