Featured Issue: Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients

In the Spotlight

On May 22, the House Judiciary Committee took a huge step towards protecting Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients by passing two bills out of committee - the Dream Act of 2019 the American Promise Act of 2019. These bills will be combined as H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and would offer Dreamers and TPS/DED recipients permanent protections and a path to citizenship. AILA urged the Judiciary Committee to pass these two bills out of the committee in a hearing statement submitted on the markup, and urged all of Congress to pass this important legislation as soon as possible in a press statement. On Monday, June 3, the House Rules Committee plans to consider the rule that would bring the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to the floor of the House of Representatives. We anticipate the House will vote on legislation as soon as Tuesday, June 4.

We need your help to encourage Congress to pass the Dream and Promise Act as quickly as possible! Join AILA in urging members of Congress to support the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 and vote against any poison pills that may be offered on the floor.

Following the Trump administration's rescission of DACA and the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for many designated countries, both at least partially enjoined by federal courts, there has been increasing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to pass a permanent legislation to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients. Americans have long shown overwhelming support for protecting Dreamers - polls have shown that 86 percent of Americans want Dreamers to be able to stay in the country. TPS recipients are integral members of our economy - without them, industries such as construction, restaurants and other food services, and landscaping would experience disruptions that would have serious ripple effects on the economies of several states.

Dreamers and TPS recipients make America a better and stronger nation, and it's time for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them from deportation and secure them a future as Americans.


Call for Examples: Impact of DACA Rescission

Legislative Efforts to Protect Dreamers

Congressional members from both political parties have introduced legislation that would protect Dreamers. Read AILA's statement for the House Judiciary Hearing on the urgent need to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients, and check out our AILA Policy Brief: How Dreamer Protection Bills Measure Up to learn more about past legislative efforts to protect Dreamers.

Practice Assistance Resources

AILA has issued a practice alert on filing DACA renewal applications in the wake of several federal court cases, including Regents of the University of California v. DHS in which a district court directed DHS to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the September 5, 2017, rescission of DACA. AILA is updating this practice alert regularly with new developments.

Government Announcements and Memos since September 5, 2017

Litigation Challenging DACA Rescission

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17072035.