CUSP Statement on the House Passage of The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Contact: Asha Noor, asha@africans.us, (202) 420-9744

CUSP Statement on the House Passage of The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021  

 

Washington D.C.-- Communities United For Status and Protection (CUSP) applauds the House’s passage of The Dream & Promise Act (H.R. 6) today. This legislation, which passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 228-197, is a historic step towards correcting the injustices in America’s immigration system. 

 

“The passage of The American Dream and Promise Act within the first 100 days of the 117th Congress signals the overwhelming support for the legislation and a commitment to make good on overdue promises. We call on the Senate to take up and swiftly pass this legislation into law.” --- Amaha Kassa, Executive Director, African Communities Together 

 

“Securing permanent residency for all 11 million undocumented people including immigrant youth, TPS holders, and DED holders is critical.  The bill provides stability for upwards of 4.1 million long-term residents of the United States who have made this country their home. We represent TPS holders all across the country who have longed for protection.” --- Rima Meroueh, Director, National Network for Arab American Communities

 

“Previous administrations have targeted vulnerable immigrant communities which fostered a climate of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear. TPS and DED have grappled with life in limbo and been denied freedom of movement; many holders in particular have not been able to visit their home countries outside the United States for decades.” --- Guerline Jozef, Executive Director, Haitian Bridge Alliance.

 

“TPS holders are critical essential workers on the frontline of our economic recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The passage of H.R. 6 is part of the strategy to secure citizenship for our communities alongside similar efforts including The Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 1603) that also passed the House of Representatives today.” --- Pabitra Khati Benjamin, Executive Director, Adhikaar 

 

“It is imperative that the Senate focus on providing swift permanent protections for us through a lens of justice. We will not accept criminalizing provisions or enforcement, detention allowances or encroaching border policies. As a collaborative of Black, Brown and Asian immigrant communities, we know that many of the most vulnerable members of our community are disparately impacted by over-policing.” --- Patrice Lawrence, Co-director, UndocuBlack Network

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