House passes bill to provide legal protection for ‘Dreamers’

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee June 4 praised the U.S. House for passing a measure that gives permanent legal protection to “Dreamers” and those covered by the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs in the United States.

“Dreamers” are young people who qualify to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. They were brought into the United States as children and are seeking citizenship.

With 237 to 187 vote, the House OK’d the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, or H.R. 6. It would provide a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers, TPS holders and those covered by DED.

“This is a big step for Dreamers and TPS holders who have called the United States home but have been working and living in uncertainty for years,” Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in a statement.

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