The historic Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) will be voted on by the entire House of Representatives today after successfully passing the House Judiciary Committee on May 22.
“The Dream and Promise Act is critical for the Nepali community. If passed, it could impact upwards of 40,000 Nepalis and their family members. It would allow anyone who qualified for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on or before January 1, 2017, to apply for permanent residency. This bill would change the lives of more Nepalis than any immigration reform has in US history,” said Narbada Chhetri, Director of Organizing and Programs of Adhikaar.
“We are hopeful this bill will pass through the U.S. House of Representatives. The House Judiciary Committee powerfully defeated over a dozen anti-immigrant amendments that would have further criminalized communities of color and immigrants. H.R. 6 is not a perfect bill. It has damaging provisions that punish people pre-conviction and has provisions that are rooted in racial profiling of communities of color. We stand against any further attempts to criminalize or profile our communities and expect Congress to do the same. To protect our members from immediate danger and move the fight for permanent residency forward, we continue to stand behind H.R. 6,” said Pabitra Khati Benjamin, Executive Director of Adhikaar.
Adhikaar encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Dream and Promise Act without any additional anti-immigrant provisions. H.R. 6 provides a pathway to permanent residency for over 460,000 TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders from 13 countries.
We are proud of the work that our members, especially the Nepal TPS Core Committee, have done to defend TPS and fight for permanent residency. Over 300 TPS holders from Nepal and their families marched for TPS in Washington, D.C. Dozens shared their stories in public. Our members have invested countless hours to fight for TPS. Adhikaar has worked tirelessly to ensure that all 13 TPS and DED countries are included in H.R. 6. We look to every member of the New York delegation to vote in favor of H.R. 6 and defend it from any anti-immigrant amendments or Motion to Recommit geared towards slowing or stopping the passage of the bill.