Statement for the Record: The Dream and Promise Act of 2019
On behalf of the First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, we write today in support of H.R. 2820, The Dream Act of 2019; H.R. 2821, The American Promise Act of 2019; and H.R. 549, the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019.
Because Congress has neglected to act, the future for more than 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still remains uncertain. DACA recipients and Dreamers have shown great resilience over the last two years, and have continued to further their education, strengthen their job skills, and volunteer to protect their communities all without the certainty of what their future may hold. We are encouraged to see a Dream Act that expands eligibility to include all who were brought to the U.S. as minors and includes a pathway to permanency.