Dingell Joins Bill to Extend Dreamer, TPS Protections
Washington, DC, March 12, 2019
– Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) joined the introduction of legislation to protect Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Dream and Promise Act allows Dreamers and individuals with TPS to legally contribute fully in the country they love and know to be their home by providing a path forward to citizenship.
In Michigan, TPS is critically important for many communities. TPS allows individuals from nations experiencing war, natural disasters, or extraordinary circumstances to live and work in the United States on a temporary basis.
The Dream and Promise Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who were continuously present in the U.S. for 4 years prior to the date of the bill’s enactment. Dreamers would be provided conditional permanent resident status and would need to fulfill an education, employment, or military track to adjust to permanent resident status. In addition, the Dream and Promise Act would secure permanent residency for people with TPS and DED. After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens. On average, TPS recipients have lived in the United States for 20 years, building a new life for themselves and their families. Similarly, DED recipients have lived in the United States and contributed to their communities since 2007. People with TPS and DED are just as American as Dreamers, working hard every day to pursue their American Dream.
Dingell has led her colleagues in calling on the Administration to re-designate TPS for Yemen due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country. TPS status was set to expire on July 5, 2018. The Trump Administration extended protections to allow eligible individuals to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 3, 2020.
During the designated period, eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) who are approved for TPS will not be removed from the United States. For more information about the application process and eligibility requirements, please visit www.ucis.gov/tps. Members of the community who need assistance should contact Dingell’s Dearborn office at 313-278-2936.