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MFV Urges Congress to Permanently Protect and Provide a Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, TPS, and DED Holders

05.21.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karina Martínez at 858/752-1262
or karinam@mifamiliavota.org

MFV Urges Congress to Permanently Protect and Provide a Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, TPS, and DED Holders

Washington, DC – The House Judiciary Committee will markup H.R. 2820 and H.R. 2821, provisions of the American Dream and Promise Act that offer a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers as well as those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:

It’s time for Congress to secure protections for Dreamers, TPS, and DED holders. As longstanding members of our community, they share a common bond with fellow citizens that makes them just as American as anyone else; the average TPS holder has been in the United States for 22 years and the majority of DACA recipients arrived in this country as six year old children. Congress cannot continue to deny them a pathway to citizenship.

Immigrant lives have been negotiated for too long. The bargaining and inaction – from both Democrats and Republicans – have put members of our community at risk of being separated from their families and their homes. It has also left hundreds of thousands of lives in a state of perpetual uncertainty. We cannot continue to be used for political points or left as collateral.

Now is the time to keep the promise and allow Dreamers and their counterparts the ability to dream beyond their immigration status and build their American lives with the certainty of citizenship. The Latino and immigrant community will continue to advocate for legislation that protects aspiring Americans and that keeps families together. We call on Congress to join us by working in unison to ensure that this legislation is passed.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.