Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell Urging Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers
March 06, 2019

“We applaud the House Judiciary Committee for taking up the urgent issue of protecting Dreamers, as well as immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). We are optimistic that today’s hearing puts the House on a path to pass bipartisan legislation providing permanent legal protections and a path to citizenship for these high-achieving young people and to address related issues pertaining to TPS recipients.

Hundreds of thousands of bright and talented individuals brought to this country as children are making incredible contributions every day to the economy and security of our nation, in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the military. But Dreamers have been left in an unacceptable political and legal limbo since President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017. 

When the president revoked DACA, he called on lawmakers to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. It is clear that in Congress, and across the nation, there is widespread and bipartisan support for doing just that. We hope that this hearing, and the prospect of the introduction in the House next week of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, leads to concrete legislative action once and for all to safeguard the futures of Dreamers. We stand ready to work with members of the House and Senate on this vital issue.”

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