Immigration Reform

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Thanks to a nationwide campaign, the Dream and Promise Act has now passed the House. The legislation is designed to provide permanent protections for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.

Ever since taking office, the Trump administration has been trying to strip away long-standing legal protections from more than a million immigrants — including many 1199 members, who came to the U.S. decades ago and have been working in healthcare ever since.

Our focus now shifts to the Senate and passing the DREAM and SECURE Acts there to protect the future of our sisters and brothers who do not yet have permanent status in the United States. 

Many of our healthcare co-workers are TPS holders. The TPS program is a long-standing humanitarian provision that allows people to live and work in the US during in the aftermath of a natural disaster or outbreak of conflict in their home country.

These eight countries are currently designated for TPS: Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and South Sudan.

Another program that has been threatened is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). This a measure put in place by the Obama administration to protect some of those who came to the US as children before their 16th birthday. It is estimated that about 800,000 people currently benefit from DACA, and many of them are 1199 members or their children.

DACA holders are a specific group within a larger population of “Dreamers” -- estimated 3.6 million people -- who were brought to the US by their parents before their 18th birthday. They do not have formal status, but most have grown up here and attended school here.

The name comes from The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act which was introduced in 2001, and re-introduced several times, but never passed.

The Dream and Promise Act would provide security to members of all of these groups who are currently facing forcible removal back to countries where most of them have few remaining family ties or economic prospects, having come to the US many years ago.

Did your Representative already sign on to co-sponsor the bill? Here’s a list of those who did. If your Representative is on the list, it is still worth calling them to say “Thank You!” All the calls are tracked and it Representatives do take notice when people from their districts call in.

Florida

Kathy Castor
Charlie Crist
Val Butler Demings
Theodore Deutch
Lois Frankel
Alcee Hastings
Al Lawson
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Stephanie Murphy
Donna Shalala
Darren Soto
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Frederica Wilson

Maryland

Anthony Brown
Elijah Cummings
Steny Hover
Jamie Raskin
Dutch Ruppersberger
John Sarbanes
David Trone

Massachusetts

Katherine Clark
William Keating
Joseph Kennedy
Stephen Lynch
James McGovern
Seth Moulton
Richard Neal
Ayanna Pressley
Lori Trahan

New Jersey

Josh Gottheimer
Andy Kim
Tom Malinowski
Donald Norcross
Frank Pallone
Bill Pascrell
Mikie Sherill
Albio Sires
Jefferson Van Drew
Bonnie Watson Coleman

New York

Yvette Clarke
Antonio Delgado
Eliot Engel
Adriano Espillat
Brian Higgins
Hakeem Jeffries
Nita Lowey
Carolyn Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney
Gregory Meeks
Grace Meng
Joseph Morelle
Jerrold Nadler
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Kathleen Rice
Max Rose
Jose Serrano
Thomas Suozzi
Paul Tonko
Nydia Velazquez

Washington, D.C.

Eleanor Holmes-Norton


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