ADL Hails Introduction of Dream and Promise Act; Calls on House to Quickly Pass the Bill

New York, NY, March 12, 2019 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today hailed the introduction of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. Introduced by Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of DREAMers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, issued the following statement:

This bill would give young DREAMers as well as TPS and DED recipients a chance to finally become citizens of the country they love. Passage of this legislation is a moral imperative and would mark an important first step toward full reform that would restore order and fairness to our immigration system.

The status of these immigrants, who have contributed so much to our communities, has been in limbo for far too long. Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients are children, families, business owners, teachers, neighbors, and our friends. This administration’s decision to end DACA and TPS/DED for hundreds of thousands of people was cruel and unnecessary and has already harmed families and our country. 

The support of such a broad array of education, civil rights, and faith leaders for this bill demonstrates America's commitment -- not just to fairness -- but to a future for all of our children that embraces diversity and equal access to the American dream. As this administration continues to demonize and attack immigrants, we call on Congress to set an example and move forward on this legislation and toward an effective solution to our broken immigration system. 

ADL looks forward to working with our immigration allies and Congress to advocating for this important legislation. We commend Reps. Velazquez, Clarke and Roybal-Allard and the House leadership for introducing this legislation.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.