Democratic Majority to Prioritize Passing the Dream Act and Immigrant Protections

Nancy Pelosi promised to pass legislation protecting Dreamers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) once the House Democratic majority convenes in January. Colleagues are urging Pelosi to schedule a vote on bills that protect Dreamers and TPS immigrants from deportation and provide pathways to citizenship within the first 100 days of the new Congress. In a statement Saturday, Pelosi said, “America draws strength from our long, proud heritage as a nation of immigrants. In the majority, Democrats will work to reverse the Republicans’ destructive anti-immigrant agenda. Our House Democratic majority will once again pass the Dream Act to end the uncertainty and fear inflicted on patriotic young men and women across the country… We will protect TPS recipients and those fleeing unimaginable violence.” Representative Adriano Espaillat from New York stated that the Democrats need to “expeditiously” move forward once the new Congress convenes to pass immigration reform and protections without providing funding for a border wall. Espaillat argued that “these young [DACA recipients] are still in limbo. Had it not been for the courts, they would probably be underground, they would be in the shadows.” The Congressional Hispanic Caucus wrote Pelosi a letter calling for the immigration bill to […]

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