This is urgent. Unless Congress legalizes the status of these immigrants (currently under a temporary protected status), they could be placed into deportation proceedings, tearing families apart.
We Did It!
The DREAM & PROMISE ACT 2019 passed the House of Representatives.
Now let’s get it into the Senate!
On June 4, 2019—after years of advocacy by immigrant rights defenders—the US House passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to give permanent legal status to immigrants residing in the US with TPS (Temporary Protected Status), DED (Deferred Enforced Departure), and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This bill provides a path to citizenship for 2.5 million immigrants who are working, going to school, paying taxes, and raising their children. This is great news!
Call your US senators. Tell them that you “hope they will stand up for immigrant families and urge the leadership in the Senate to introduce the Dream and Promise Act and move it along in committee. Will you let me know what the senator is doing to protect DREAMers and TPS holders?”
Senator Sherrod Brown
(216) 522-7272 Cleveland
(202) 224-2315 Washington, DC
Senator Rob Portman
(216) 522-7095 Cleveland
(202) 224-3353 Washington, DC
This legislation is an important part of broader immigration reform that needs to happen:
1- give permanent legal status to immigrants with DACA and TPS
2- end family separation
3- decrease the number of detention beds
4- cut the budgets for ICE and USCBP (US Customs & Border Protection)
5- resume discretion in immigration enforcement and prosecution
Learn what else you can do to defend immigrants in NE Ohio.
Connect with the Immigration Working Group CLE, a collaborative of community advocates and organizations, including Akron Interfaith Immigrant Advocates, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, DreamActivist Ohio, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Association (LOIRA), Ohio Immigrant Alliance. Ask about the group’s Immigrant Defense Fund, Rapid Response Team, Bond Reduction Project, Electronic Bulletin Board (volunteer needs), visits to legislators’ offices, vigils, rallies, and marches.