March 18, 2021

Immigration Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Joe Neguse Helps Pass the American Dream and Promise Act

In 2019, Congressman Neguse led floor action as the bill was ushered through the Congress

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Vice Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, helped usher the American Dream and Promise Act through the House. The bill would provide a pathway for DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers,” who came to the U.S. as children and who call the United States home, to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. In addition to Dreamers, the Dream and Promise Act also includes protections and a path to citizenship for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.

View Congressman Neguse’s remarks today on the House floor here. 

“Like so many others in America, my family’s story is an immigrant story. My parents came to America over 40 years ago, and the United States offered our family freedoms and opportunities we never could have imagined, and have never taken for granted. My parent’s journey, and the fact that just one generation-removed, I am able to serve in the United States Congress, is powerful proof that the American dream exists, and is what has made me work so hard to ensure that the American dream remains attainable for all Americans,” said Congressman Neguse. “Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act will provide permanent protections for all young Dreamers currently living in the shadows, who know no other home but America. Over the last four years, young DACA recipients have been subjected to tremendous uncertainty and fear, as the Trump Administration instituted reckless and dangerous immigration policies. It is time for a new era for our nation’s immigrants, one that offers certainty, stability and the chance for them to go to school, go to work, and thrive in our communities without fear of deportation.”

In 2019, Congressman Neguse led floor action as the American Dream and Promise Act was passed in the House, sharing his parent’s immigration story in an impassioned speech. 

Since coming to Congress, Congressman Joe Neguse has lent his voice as a son of immigrants to policy discussions in Congress surrounding refugee resettlement and a pathway to citizenship. He powerfully denounced the reckless travel bans introduced by the Trump Administration, and joined efforts to pass the No Ban Act, to repeal the bans, including the African ban which puts limits on refugees from multiple countries. He played a leadership role as the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act in 2019. As a Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Refugee Caucus, he led on the GRACE Act, legislation to ensure the United States remains a leader in refugee resettlement. He’s also been an advocate for Coloradans living in sanctuary, and provided necessary oversight on private detention facilities, such as the GEO facility in Aurora, Colorado.