New Legislation First Step Towards Permanent Protections for Immigrants

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New Legislation First Step Towards Permanent Protections for Immigrants

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WASHINGTON, DC--Today Representatives Roybal Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) introduced The DREAM and Promise Act of 2019, legislation that would create a roadmap to citizenship for more than one million undocumented people, including TPS and DED holders and undocumented youth. Kica Matos, spokeswoman for FIRM Action, said the following in response:

“The last two years have been about stopping and limiting the damage to immigrant communities caused by the Trump administration. Today, we can celebrate a first step towards the permanent legislative solutions our communities need. Our families and friends fought a long time to get DREAM and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to this point. This legislation will extend protections to more than one million undocumented young people, TPS holders and those with Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). We welcome this important bill that takes us a step closer to what we need, protection for those that need it.

This is a step in the right direction and gives hope to the millions of immigrant and refugee families who have made this country their home, the one where they work, go to school, pray and raise their families.  

We will not stop fighting until we have protections and permanent legislative solutions for all who need them. Our movement is growing and more people have stood up to fight for a country that reflects our values of equity and opportunity for all, regardless of where one was born.

This is only the beginning and we know there is still a long road ahead before our country is truly united, strong, and free. We’re ready to make it happen.”


The FIRM Action network is the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in 23 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter @FIRM_Action.

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