OCA Calls on Congress to Pass the Dream and Promise Act


14 March 2019

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Manager
202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, DC - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates calls on Congress to pass the Dream and Promise Act, also known as H.R. 6. The bill was introduced yesterday by Representatives Nydia Velazques (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and included provisions that would:

  • Cancel removal proceedings for Dreamers of certain criteria;

  • Allow these groups to apply for green cards and ultimately, citizenship; and,

  • Permanently protect undocumented youth, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders from deportation.

“Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families have been torn apart as a result of the Administration’s previous decisions to end the DACA program and certain TPS protections. These decisions could impact over 800,000 AAPI Dreamers and 100,000 AAPI and Latinx affected TPS holders,” said Roland Hwang, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “Although H.R.6 does not provide further protections for family members of these groups, Congress has a chance to bring justice and take the first step towards fixing our broken immigration system by passing this bill.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs.)