WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman TJ Cox, along with his colleagues introduced the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 on Tuesday, March 12 which would provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure holders.
According to USC Dornsife, over 7,000 DACA recipients in the 21st Congressional District and nearly 12,000 people are eligible. The ACT includes a number of provisions including allowing Dreamers to access federal financial aid and permitting eligible Dreamers deported by the Trump administration to apply for relief abroad.
Congressman Cox released a statement on the Act, stating that this legislation would protect those Americans.
“Republicans and Democrats alike know that our immigration system is broken. American producers – from our farmers and ranchers to high-tech firms – are struggling to hire and retain the workers they need to make our country work. And for many, this broken system has become a source of fear, as many live every day under the threat of being torn apart from their families and communities where they’ve lived and worked for years.
“In the past, Republicans have joined Democrats in supporting commonsense legislation like today’s bill. I’m committed to fighting for our Dreamers, TPS, and DED holders – they’re just as American as my children. That is why I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 – legislation that would protect these Americans from the President’s ongoing attempts to take away their protected status.”
“I was elected to Congress to help people – not to hurt them, and I will continue to fight for our Dreamers, TPS, and DED holders in the 21st Congressional District and throughout our nation.”