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Congresswoman Lori Trahan Applauds House Passage of the Dream and Promise Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), a Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, applauded House passage of H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This legislation protects our nation’s Dreamers, as well as our Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, allowing them to contribute fully to Massachusetts communities and our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.

“We are a nation of immigrants, my family included. There’s not a community in Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District or the entire United States that has not been positively impacted by the contributions immigrants and their families have made for generations, and continue to make today.  Dreamers, TPS, and DED holders are teachers, students, medical professionals, first responders, entrepreneurs and taxpayers. They are our friends, family members, and neighbors. It is time to do right by them and provide for their protection and a pathway to citizenship,” said Rep. Trahan.

“For the last two years, this Administration has tried to deny these individuals their rights, block their applications, and deport them from this country. They should not have to live in legal limbo any longer. That is why today I was proud to vote in favor of The Dream and Promise Act. Congress can change the lives of hundreds of thousands of US residents who have only known this country as their home and have contributed to our economy and military for decades. Passing this bill is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do,” Rep. Trahan continued.

The Dream and Promise Act creates a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers and secure permanent residency for those with TPS or DED status. It also repeals outdated policies that penalize states for extending rights of residency to undocumented individuals. Finally, this legislation provides legal protections for DACA, TPS, and DED recipients to prevent unjust deportations and ensure the rights and dignity of all living under these designations.

Congresswoman Trahan has been active in advocating for TPS and DED communities across Massachusetts. In May of this year she and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley led a call for Governor Baker to Assist TPS and DED Holding Bay Staters. You can learn more HERE:


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