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New Legislation Expands Protections for Dreamers and Other Immigrants

American Dream and Promise Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on June 4, 2019, that would provide a viable path to citizenship for Dreamers and recipients of temporary protected status (TPS). Known as the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, House Resolution 6 was introduced on March 12, 2019, by its sponsor, Democratic Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard. The legislation passed 237 to 187 in the House and will now head to the U.S. Senate for further discussion and possible approval.

Establishing Added Protections for Dreamers

The American Dream and Promise Act establishes a number of protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These individuals are collectively known as Dreamers. Under the provisions of H.R. 6, a path to conditional permanent residency would be made available to current DACA recipients. Permanent residency with no conditions would be available to Dreamers who served honorably in the U.S. armed forces or who had maintained gainful employment for at least three years. After living in the U.S. for five years, these individuals would be eligible to apply for citizenship through the normal method.

TPS Recipients Will Also Receive Protections

H.R. 6 also expands the range of protections available for TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients from certain countries. If these individuals meet the qualifications established in the American Dream and Promise Act, they may be able to change their immigration status to permanent residency. Even individuals who have already left the country voluntarily or who were removed can apply to adjust their status and to return to the United States as permanent residents.

Pozo Goldstein is committed to providing immigration representation to individuals and families in New York City, Miami, Orlando and West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas. We work with you to determine the most practical approach for all your immigration issues. Call us today at 212-201-9031 to discuss your situation with our team of experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorneys. We look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve your own version of the American dream.