In a historic vote in June of 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives, on a bipartisan vote of 237 to 187, passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, H.R.6. This bill would provide a roadmap to citizenship for 2.5 million Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) & Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. The Presidents’ Alliance now urges the Senate to move forward on a bipartisan basis and pass similar legislation protecting these populations. Two of these potential bills include the Dream Act of 2019, S.874 and the SECURE Act, S.879.
Dreamers. For individuals to be eligible for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and eventual citizenship, the Dream Act of 2019 requires they: (1) are long-term residents who came to the U.S. before the age of 18 and were continuously present for four years before enactment of the bill; (2) graduate from high school or obtain a GED; (3) pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least three years, or serve in the military; (4) pass security and law enforcement background checks and pay an application fee; (5) demonstrate proficiency in English language and knowledge of U.S. history; (6) and have not committed a felony or other serious crimes and do not pose a threat to our country.
TPS/DED. The SECURE Act would allow TPS and DED holders (including those whose designations were terminated) LPR status if they meet the following requirements: (a) establish they have lived continuously in the U.S. for at least three years from the day of application for adjustment; (b) demonstrate they were eligible for or had TPS and DED on the date of their countries’ last designation or extension of TPS or DED status; and (c) pass applicable criminal and national security screenings.