Tuesday, June 5, 2019

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Dream and Promise Act Passes

Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights Praises the Passage of the Dream and Promise Act


Richmond, Virginia —  The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (HR 6) was passed in the United States House of Representatives following Congress’ return from recess. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would provide permanent relief for upwards of 2.5 million aspiring Americans, many of whom have deep ties to our communities, decades of residency, and cannot obtain immigration status under existing law. 23,500 people in Virginia are TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Without those TPS holders, 1.3 billion would be lost from state GDP annually.  


“The passage of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 in the U.S. House of Representatives is a strong first step towards ensuring that men, women, and children fleeing violence can live safe and peaceful lives,says Monica Sarmiento, Executive Director for the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights. “It is now up to the Senate and the White House to pass and sign this bill into law.


VACIR a collaborative of 34 organizations, is calling on lawmakers to do what is right for the immigrant community and pass this bill to provide a pathway to the American Dream to many deserving immigrants.