Texas Opportunity Coalition Statement on House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021
AUSTIN, TX - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, with a bipartisan vote of 228 to 197. The legislation provides a 10-year path to lawful permanent status for undocumented immigrants who qualify for protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Texas Opportunity issued the following statement in response:
This is an essential step in getting our economy back on track and ending the legal limbo that Texas’s 213,000 Dreamers and their employers face. We commend the Texas representatives that voted in favor of the Dream and Promise Act, and hope the Senate will come together to pass a similar bill expeditiously.
Providing a path to lawful status for America’s Dreamers is the right thing to do, and it will help the Texas economy. Texas is home to more Dreamers than any state other than California. These are young people who have obeyed our laws, studied in our schools, and now many are workers and employers contributing $963 million in taxes to our economy. If we want to remain competitive as the world emerges from the global pandemic, we need to retain talent like these young people.
Fixing our broken immigration system shouldn’t be a partisan issue. That is why we formed our coalition before the 2020 election, and that is why our members reached out to the entire Texas congressional delegation in recent weeks, urging each of them to support the bill.
We are glad that our close to 100 business and higher education leaders were able to make the economic argument for why a Dream Act is needed, and are excited to do the same in the Senate. Thanks to their commitment to this issue, we may finally be able to end the prolonged legal limbo that has affected not only Dreamers, but their families, employers, neighbors, and colleagues.