What They Are Saying About The American Dream and Promise Act
We are proud to have Dreamers as part of our @Accenture family. We stand with 100+ business and industry leaders across America to urge Congress to pass #HR6. We need bipartisan, permanent legislative protection for Dreamers.#ProtecttheDream
AILA applauds the passage of the #DreamAndPromiseAct -- which protects #Dreamers and thousands of #TPS and #DED holders -- in the House on a bipartisan vote of 237 to 187. Now the Senate must move to pass this legislation! Read our statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauded the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) in the House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote of 237 to 187. The bill offers permanent legal status for "Dreamers" and thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. Anastasia Tonello, AILA President said, "We applaud each and every member of the House of Representatives who made passage of this important bill possible. AILA stands with the hardworking aspiring Americans who contribute to America's prosperity, communities, and economic growth. Today's vote not only protects the Dreamers and TPS/DED recipients but also advances our national interests. But this action in the House is not enough. Dreamers and TPS/DED recipients remain at grave risk of being detained and deported putting these individuals in harm's way and exposing our economy to the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue. That's why AILA is now calling upon the Senate to act immediately and bring H.R. 6 for a vote."
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson agreed, "Today the House moved to protect not just these individuals, but the millions of Americans who benefit from their $25 billion in spending power and the $5.5 billion in taxes they paid in 2017. The Senate needs to move quickly to protect these integral members of our communities by passing this legislation. For years the vast majority of Americans have recognized the need to protect those who have lived for years in the United States and contributed to the growth of our nation and the well-being of its communities. Now is the time for Congress to recognize their contributions by passing a law that secures their future."
EWIC Supports the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), as modified by the House Judiciary Committee, to Help Support our Economy and Stabilize our Workforce
The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC) was established as a voice to advance business-centric, balanced immigration reform to meet the needs of the American workforce and job creation. As such, we write to express our long-standing views on business immigration and our concern for business and job creation in on-going policy debates.
At the forefront of the current immigration policy debate is the situation involving hundreds of thousands of established, productive, immigrant workers in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and who hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status (DACA). The vast majority of these immigrants are hardworking individuals who are contributing to our national economy, our communities and our industries. We support legislation like the American Dream and Promise Act H.R. 6 that provides more permanent lawful status to these individuals.
The imminent threat of more than 1 million combined TPS and DACA workers leaving the U.S. workforce will seriously hurt our ability to maintain and grow our businesses and provide additional jobs to the U.S. workers who benefit from the contributions made by these foreign-born workers.
Many of these TPS and DACA workers have been contributing to our economy for decades and have become valued and productive members of the U.S. workforce. Going forward, a policy that recognizes their contribution to U.S. employers and the economy is urgently needed.
It is without question that legislative reforms will serve to help stabilize the U.S. workforce for both workers and employers. Failure to address essential workers in the reform debate will cause turmoil and irreparable harm in industries like construction, healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing, which are already hard-pressed to find enough workers to meet demand in a growing and robust economy. The loss of almost an additional one million workers will create similar, significant unwarranted and unnecessary disruptions and chaos in companies whose workforces include these contributors.
Legislation, like H.R. 6, that supports TPS and DACA workers would help provide certainty to U.S. labor needs and markets. EWIC looks forward to continuing to work with all involved to find a balanced solution to the nation’s immigration policy problems and American workforce needs.
Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg)
After advocating for immigration reform for many years, I'm glad that the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act. It gives a pathway to citizenship to the Dreamers -- undocumented immigrants brought here to the US as children.
I've gotten to know Dreamers as my hard-working students, friends and neighbors. They deeply want to contribute to the community and country they grew up in, and they deserve to be part of our future. I'm grateful to everyone who worked to pass this bill to give them that opportunity.
WASHINGTON, DC — FWD.us today announced a Key Vote Recommendation on the Dream and Promise Act, strongly urging all members of Congress to vote YES on this important and historic legislation. The formal vote recommendation is here.
In the recommendation, FWD.us President Todd Schulte writes:
“If Congress does not act, millions of longtime residents will be forced to leave their jobs or drop out of school, and will be exposed to a serious risk of deportation to countries that are unsafe to return to and which they may not even remember. This will force significant fiscal costs on U.S. businesses that employ them, and take a tremendous human toll on their communities and families, including U.S. citizen children. There is no doubt these individuals have made tremendous contributions and have earned a place in America; this bill would ensure they are able to continue doing so.
“When President Trump ended DACA, he told Congress it was their responsibility to find a solution. While no bill will be perfect, we believe the Dream and Promise Act is a good, narrow, and balanced answer. The provisions in this bill are supported by a vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum, and have been a consistent point of agreement among legislators on both sides of the aisle.”
The Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6) — introduced by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-7), and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9) — would create an earned path to citizenship for more than two million DACA recipients, DACA-eligible individuals, TPS holders and DED recipients who have been living and building families in the United States for decades.
New polling released last week by Global Strategy Group shows that providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers continues to be overwhelmingly popular, with 77% of voters supporting this provision.This support extends across party lines and all demographic groups. Moreover, support remains incredibly high, even in the face of negative attacks using opponents’ arguments.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act by a margin of 237-187, vital legislation that would provide an earned pathway to citizenship for more than two million Dreamers and TPS holders. FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement:
“Today, the House took a historic step forward in passing the Dream and Promise Act, vital legislation that will create an earned path to citizenship for millions of Dreamers and TPS holders who have built their lives here over decades. This vital population is deeply ingrained in communities across the United States and know this country to be home.
“We are deeply thankful to Speaker Pelosi for her leadership on this critical legislation, and to the Members who voted for it. Today’s vote is historically significant, and is an important moment for this Congress and for our country. It represents only the fourth time in more than 30 years that major immigration legislation that provides permanent protections for immigrant communities has passed even one chamber of Congress.
“History will remember the lawmakers who stood in support of a permanent legislative solution to prevent millions of lives from being upended in the country they love — but the clock is ticking. The Trump Administration is making good on their promise to fully terminate DACA, jeopardizing the futures of Dreamers who are American in all ways but on paper.
“We urge Senate Leadership to bring this meaningful legislation swiftly to a vote. Every senator should vote to provide Dreamers and TPS holders with the stability and peace of mind they desperately need. There is absolutely no reason to delay.”
The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R.6) would create an earned path to citizenship for more than two million people who have contributed to American communities for decades, including DACA recipients, DACA-eligible individuals, TPS holders and DED recipients. Individuals eligible for protections under this vital legislation already contribute billions of dollars in GDP and tax revenue each year in every state across the country. Further, millions of American citizens – including an estimated 6 million U.S. citizen children – live in households that remain vulnerable to deportation unless legislation, like the Dream and Promise Act, is signed into law to protect them.
#Dreamers deserve permanent protections. @IBM is proud to stand with the Coalition for the American Dream in urging Congress to pass #HR6. Today the House took a step toward giving 2.5 million Dreamers and TPS holders an earned pathway to citizenship. #DreamAndPromiseNow
“IBM is pleased to see The American Dream and Promise Act pass the House today. Dreamers are making invaluable contributions to our company and their communities, but live in uncertainty through no fault of their own. We urge the Senate to take up the Dream Act and finally solve this problem.”
We stand with the Coalition for the American Dream to pass H.R.6—The Dream and Promise Act. This vital legislation would create a pathway to citizenship for 2.5m Dreamers and TPS holders, allowing them to reach their full potential. #DreamAndPromiseNow
Marriott is proud to support H.R.6 — The Dream and Promise Act. This needed legislation would create a pathway to citizenship for 2.5 million #Dreamers. Now is the time to act. #DreamAndPromiseNow #HR6
Protecting DREAMers is not only a humanitarian obligation but an economic imperative. I applaud the U.S. House for taking an important step to recognize their important contributions. #DACA
America’s broken immigration system cannot be ignored. Our “A Way Forward” plan maps out solutions. Read our @JayTimmonsNAM's and @SEL_News Edmund O. Schweitzer III’s @SpokesmanReview op-ed about why Congress must act now.
June 4, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510
Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status participants have become an integral part of our society and our workforce. They have the potential to offer so much more to our country if they can continue their pursuit of the American Dream. But inconsistent administrative actions and unpredictable court decisions have forced these human beings to live under a cloud of uncertainty for far too long. Now is the time to bring them out of the shadows.
That is why the National Association of Manufacturers urges you to support H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, introduced by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY).
Legislation is the best way to provide certainty for these people, and manufacturers support the long-term solution which H.R. 6 provides by including a pathway to permanent status, and eventually citizenship, for eligible Dreamers and TPS recipients. Their talents, hard work, desire for education and if serving, a willingness to wear the uniform of the armed forces are recognized by H.R. 6.
In addition to supporting solutions for Dreamers and TPS recipients, manufacturers believe that Congress must also act to overhaul and update our immigration system in full. Our workplaces reach their fullest potential and our communities and country are strongest when our nation's immigration policy is clear and compassionate, and addresses economic, workforce and security needs. But today, our immigration system is failing to achieve those goals.
Manufacturers want to be part of the solution. Our plan, "A Way Forward," is a reasoned and practical proposal designed to address the challenges created by our current system and to fix those issues once and for all.
If we act, we have given those who deserve it a chance to be a productive and contributing part of our country. And we will have upheld the values that make this nation of immigrants exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.
Manufacturers will stand by congressional efforts that improve our immigration system, including H.R. 6. Thank you for your consideration.
Breaking: #DreamAndPromiseActpasses the House. @anoorani's take is here: http://ow.ly/k5E050uwJvh
TY to the 7 House R's who voted for this bill! @HurdOnTheHill@RepNewhouse@RepDonBacon@MarioDB@RepBrianFitz@RepChrisSmith@RepFredUpton
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time since 2010, the House of Representatives passed a measure this afternoon that would offer permanence and stability to millions of immigrants.
The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 passed 237-187, with seven Republicans voting for the bill. Should it become law, the bill would protect Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients.
An estimated 2.7 million Dreamers and other immigrants would gain the opportunity to earn eventual citizenship if they meet certain requirements. Currently these immigrants, nearly all of whom are working or studying, are at the mercy of court rulings that may be temporary.
Dreamers who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) contribute nearly $42 billion annually to the U.S. GDP, according to the American Action Forum. Requiring TPS recipients to leave would cost at least $45 billion in lost GDP in the ensuing decade, and employers would face nearly $1 billion in turnover costs, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
“A solution for Dreamers, TPS recipients and DED recipients is urgent. The Dream and Promise Act offers a starting point for the two parties to work together, cement these immigrants’ contributions and provide some certainty for American employers and workers,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.
“Most Americans want bipartisan solutions that include the protections in the Dream and Promise Act. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House must find a way to work together and seize this opportunity.”
PayPal (CEO Dan Schulman)
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This piece of legislation would provide a legal path forward for our nation’s “Dreamers,” who were brought to this country as children without documentation.
Dreamers play a huge and vital role in the United States’ culture, economy, and spirit. Some are even PayPal employees. I’m proud that PayPal is a member of the Coalition for the American Dream and advocates for legislation that provides a permanent solution for Dreamers. I’m hopeful that we can find a bipartisan path forward so that Dreamers can be part of our future—our country will be better off for it.
SHRM Issues Statement on Passage of American Dream and Promise Act
WASHINGTON — SHRM — the Society for Human Resource Management — issued this statement as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) during Immigrant Heritage Month:
We applaud the House for bipartisan passage of legislation that provides Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients and Dreamers legal status, work authorization and the opportunity to contribute permanently to the U.S. workforce.
As the country faces a growing skills gaps, we must ensure that all workers educated and trained in the United States can contribute their talents to the American economy.
SHRM advocated for a bipartisan legislative solution for DACA, and we are pleased that the House has passed a bill that strengthens our economy. We urge the Senate to do the same. By effectively addressing this important issue now, Congress can build momentum that will lead to solutions for other important challenges, including modernizing our workplace immigration system.
SHRM, the expert on all things work, will continue to work with both parties in Congress and the White House on bipartisan solutions that provide work-authorized talent, protect American workers and modernize workplace immigration to create better workplaces for a better world.
"Any immigration reforms should be based on principles of fairness, adherence to the rule of law and compassion." Read @JayTimmonsNAM's & @SEL_News' Edmund O. Schweitzer III’s @SpokesmanReviewop-ed about why Congress must act now.
Dreamers are valued employees, college students, and members of our military who make enormous contributions to the U.S. every day. We welcome today's House passage of the #DreamAndPromiseAct& urge senators of both parties to come together & do the same.
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed the passage of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives. Sponsored by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), H.R. 6 provides a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, or “Dreamers.” The following statement can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:
“The House has taken an important and long overdue step to end the uncertainty Dreamers face. These young people were brought here through no fault of their own and many know only this country as their home. They are valued employees, college students, and members of our military who make enormous contributions to the United States every day. We thank Representative Roybal-Allard for leading the charge on legislation that recognizes how Dreamers make this country stronger.
“There is broad, bipartisan consensus across the country that Congress should pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers. We urge senators from both parties to work together to finally provide Dreamers with the certainty they deserve.”
We’re proud to join a broad group of partners to bring Dreamers and other immigrants to NYC this morning to ring the @NasdaqOpening Bell. A big thank you to #Dreamersfor all your contributions to our communities and our economy. #Immigration#FuturesWithDreamers#HR6
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
It is long-past time for Congress to act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The Chamber issued a key vote in support of passage of the bill.
“It has been six long years since either house of Congress passed a bill to protect Dreamers. Much work remains ahead of us, but it is long-past time to permanently address the plight of Dreamers and long-term recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Our communities, businesses, and economy are all made stronger by the many contributions of Dreamers and TPS recipients.
"We commend the members of the House who voted to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and we look forward to working with the Senate as it continues to address the issue of immigration reform. It is critical for both parties in both houses of Congress to come together on a path forward on immigration reform legislation.”
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 2:45pm
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports H.R. 6, the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2019,” and will consider including votes on this legislation in our annual How They Voted scorecard.
It is long past time for Congress to address America’s broken immigration system. While H.R. 6 is not a complete solution, it would address two very important issues: Dreamers and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
American businesses across a host of industries are very concerned about the uncertain future facing their employees who are Dreamers or beneficiaries of the TPS program. In addition, many American workers are employed by businesses started by Dreamers or TPS recipients. The vast majority of Dreamers know no other home than the U.S., while many TPS beneficiaries have legally lived and worked here for as much as two decades. Given these circumstances, Congress should act to provide these people with the ability to remain in the U.S.
H.R. 6 would provide a permanent solution to the plight faced by Dreamers and long-term TPS recipients by providing qualifying individuals with the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents. This important step would provide these individuals the prospect of becoming American citizens in the future, and would ensure that the approximately one million Dreamers and TPS recipients who are currently authorized to work in the U.S. can continue to be employed. Allowing these individuals to be able to obtain permanent legal status is not only good for businesses and the economy, but it is the right thing to do.
Beyond H.R. 6 there are many other issues that need to be addressed by Congress to fix our broken immigration system, including such priorities as improving border security and reforming the employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs to better meet economic and workforce needs. We look forward to working with all members of Congress to address all of those issues in a manner that garners the necessary bipartisan, bicameral support and the President’s signature.
Suzanne P. Clark
Senior Executive Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce