Washington D.C.- On Tuesday the House of Representatives passed H.R.6, also known as the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This important bill represents a significant step in the process of providing DACA, TPS and DED recipients with the stability and protections they deserve in this- their country. The passing of this bill is the result of the effort and work of numerous organizations that have tirelessly worked to protect immigrants and working families.
However, the battle is not over; the Senate now needs to approve this bill, and ultimately grant a pathway to citizenship to an estimated 2.5 million community members who play a vital role in our nation. The protections that this bill puts forward are a clear reflection of the need to provide safety for those who have been viciously attacked by this administration’s racist and anti immigrant agenda.
“This victory is a step in the right direction. It shows that the so called ‘Immigration Crisis’ that this administration talks about is a crisis that the administration itself manufactured,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President. “Although these protections are significant, we still need to ensure that we work towards fixing our broken immigration system. Ultimately we need to ensure that immigrant workers can be free of the vicious attacks that this administration has perpetrated against them.”
“We celebrate the passing of this significant bill. It is an example of why civic participation matters. It’s a victory that will enable members of our community to come out of the shadows, and above all, to be protected from this administration’s racist and hateful policies,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, LCLAA Executive Director. “We need to see that government officials are held accountable, and that they realize that our communities are not giving up. On the other hand, we will continue to stand against policies that hurt and separate our working families.”
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram