[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The United States House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, an updated version of the DREAM act, last Tuesday. The legislation would grant qualifying young immigrants legal residency for 10 years with the ability to receive permanent legal residency. The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would also allow immigrants covered under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to obtain permanent residency. The vote was 237-187.
The bill is not likely to become law. The United States Senate Majority Leader has indicated that the legislation will probably not receive a vote in the Senate. The White House has also poured cold water on the legislation, threatening a veto. In the U.S., legislation must be passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the president before it becomes law. The Dream Act was first introduced in 2001 and has been presented as a bill in Congress several times. It is the first time since 2010 since any version of the Dream Act has been passed by the House or Senate.
The fate of the young immigrants known as Dreamers remains unclear. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in litigation and it's unknown if or when any immigration legislation will be enacted.
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