Hispanic Federation Statement on the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

NEW YORK, NY — Hispanic Federation President José Calderón issued the following statement regarding the Dream and Promise Act of 2019: “While President Trump continues his relentless attacks on our nation’s immigrants, some welcome news finally broke this week when House Democrats unveiled the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, a bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for more than two million Dreamers.”

“We would like to thank Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia Velasquez and Yvette D. Clarke for their leadership on this bill, which is also the first of its kind to offer permanent relief for temporary protected status and deferred enforced departure holders, many of whom are escaping natural disasters, fleeing violence and fighting to keep their families together.”

“These immigrants have long been a part of the fabric of our communities, contribute significantly to the American workforce, and are parents of U.S. citizens. They deserve to live with the safety and security that the country they embrace as their own will not turn its back on them.”

“We are a nation of immigrants and that is not just a historical fact. It is a living and breathing reality. Despite what the White House may want Americans to believe, the fact is that our country continues to benefit in every aspect of its life from the energy, values and hard work of its immigrants. We urge Congress to resist at every turn this President’s shameful and destructive xenophobic agenda. Passing the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would be a great place to start.”