HRC called on Congress to pass H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, introduced today, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and permanent legal protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients.
“It is imperative that we support the more than one million Dreamers in the United States, including more than 75,000 LGBTQ young people,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 will provide a pathway to citizenship for them, permanently protect TPS recipients, and provide a sustainable framework that addresses immigration without allowing this debate to further harm our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Congress must pass this bill and live up to our nation’s human rights obligations.”
In 2017, HRC joined coalition partners in demanding passage of the DREAM Act and consistently challenging the Trump-Pence White House’s callous attempts to hijack the federal budget process in order to end programs that help Dreamers. HRC has also worked to reveal the high stakes of inaction through a video series that shared the deeply moving personal stories of individual LGBTQ Dreamers. According to research by the Williams Institute, about 267,000 undocumented adults identify as LGBTQ and about 75,000 of the Dreamers − those who would have been eligible for DACA - are LGBTQ.
Last month, HRC partnered with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) on a video to highlight the dangers of Trump’s “Return to Mexico” policy.