CONGRESS PASSES "THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PROMISE ACT OF 2021"

On 18th March 2021, the House of Representatives voted to pass the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021. 

 

This Act does not include the full suite of changes to the immigration system the Biden administration intends to introduce, but it does cover the pathway citizenship. 

 

The statement of administration policy states that the Act is "a critical milestone toward much-needed relief for the millions of undocumented individuals who call the United States home. 

 

Dreamers and TPS recipients are over-represented as essential workers and are helping to keep our economy and communities afloat during a global pandemic. Yet, these individuals continue to live in a state of precariousness and fear. 

 

Ensuring that Dreamers and TPS recipients have a clear path to citizenship would deliver much needed economic security and stability to millions of people who currently face perpetual uncertainty and vulnerability as a result of their immigration status". 

 

By passing the Act, it is believed that over two million dreamers will now be on a path to citizenship, in addition to around 300,000 migrants with Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure.