Congressman Crow Votes to Pass the Dream and Promise Act

March 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) today voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, which provides a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. 

“Colorado is stronger and more vibrant because of the contribution of our immigrants,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “Our neighbors who have come to America seeking refuge and opportunity deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead, for four long years, Dreamers have been subject to fear and uncertainty by the Trump Administration’s harmful policies. As we undo the damage that has been wrought to immigrants, this legislation offers Dreamers, TPS and DED holders certainty, stability, and a chance to build a future in the country they call home.” 

"Justice for our immigrant community means creating a pathway towards citizenship for all 11 million undocumented Americans who have made this country their home. CIRC and CIRC Action Fund remain committed towards organizing our communities to advocate for themselves and work with Congress to create this pathway for all immigrants. Our fight is just beginning,” said Alex Galeana, Managing Director of the CIRC Action Fund. 

“The time is now to act on immigration and move forward a path to citizenship for all. We are pleased to see Congress move to address immigration through H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act that will benefit Dreamers and immigrants eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) and 39,700 Coloradans. Although we are glad to see movement on this critical and long overdue issue we believe it is  our duty to overhaul the entire system and focus on a plan that will give a path to citizenship for all,” said Kevin Patterson, Policy & Organizing Director, Colorado People's Alliance (COPA).

The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18, have been continuously present in the United States since January 1, 2021, and meet certain educational benchmarks in the United States. Dreamers could be provided permanent resident status if they fulfill an education or employment requirement or join the military.

In addition, the Dream and Promise Act would secure permanent residency for people with TPS, like those from El Salvador or Haiti for example, and Liberians and Venezuelans with DED status.  After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens.  Hundreds of TPS recipients have lived in Colorado for 20 years, building a new life for themselves and their families.  Similarly, DED recipients have lived in our communities and contributed to Colorado since 2007.