Dream and Promise Act

On March 12, 2019, H. R. 6, the “Dream and Promise Act” was introduced in Congress. This act would provide permanent protection for DREAMers and individuals with TPS (temporary protected status) if it were to be passed.  This act was proposed because many of these individuals have contributed to the U.S. economy over the past decade and their stay in the U.S. is currently in jeopardy under the present administration.

What is the Goal of the Dream and Promise Act?

This Act, if it were passed, would provide pathways to citizenship for DREAMersand people with TPS. Specifically, the act would seek to:

  • Extend the length of conditional permanent resident status for immigrant youth from eight years to ten years;
  • Extend a stay of removal order so that immigrant youth you may become eligible for relief in the future and can still attend school;
  • Introduce lower pricing on government forms for immigrant youth attempting to achieve conditional permanent residentstatus;
  • Eliminate the need for a medical examination;
  • Update the bar and inadmissibility requirements for individuals with criminal backgrounds.

Similarities to the Dream Act of 2017

Similar to the Dream Act of 2017, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 boasts a few provisions:

  • Lawful permanent resident status for individuals who
    • Complete two years at an institute of higher education, or obtain a degree; or
    • Work at least seventy-five percent while in conditional resident status; or
    • Serve in the government for two years.
  • Eligibility for in-state tuition;
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid.

Remember, H.R. 6 is still a bill that has recently been presented in Congress. In order for this to become law, both the House and the Senate must pass the bill and the President must sign it to put it into effect.

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