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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Applauds House Passage of Dream and Promise Act & Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Mar 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills: H.R. 6 the Dream and Promise Act, introduced by CHC Member and Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and H.R. 1603 the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, introduced by Immigration and Citizenship Judiciary Subcommittee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (CA-19).

The Dream and Promise Act, which was led by CHC Members Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which was led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, in conjunction with CHC Members Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24), would stabilize the agricultural sector and ensure that farmers can meet their future labor needs. In addition, the bill would provide lawful status to a significant portion of the undocumented agricultural workforce and the families of undocumented farm workers.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36):

 “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) celebrates the passage of the CHC-endorsed and bipartisan Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act,” said Chairman Ruiz, M.D. “Our country is at its strongest when we embrace our immigrant communities. The Dream and Promise Act allows Dreamers and TPS holders to fully contribute to our country and make America stronger. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act creates a workforce solution for America’s agriculture industry by providing stability, predictability, and fairness to one of the most critical sectors of our nation’s economy.

 “I’d like to thank CHC Members Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez for their tremendous work to protect Dreamers and TPS holders. I would also like to recognize Congressperson Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Jim Costa, and Congressman Salud Carbajal for their leadership in working to provide lawful status to farmworkers. The two bills are instrumental to CHC’s broader immigration strategy and their introduction is a momentous step in delivering on immigration reform with a fair pathway to citizenship that stabilizes our workforce and benefits our economy. I now urge Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Majority Whip Durbin to take both bills up for a vote in the Senate so that we can provide relief and protections for millions of immigrants who have served our country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40):

“I am thrilled with today’s vote to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “For twenty years, I have worked hard to help ensure a path to citizenship for Dreamers. While each Dreamer has a unique story, they all exemplify American values and share a deep love for America, the only nation they call home. By passing the Dream and Promise Act, the House took a major step in ending the veil of uncertainty, doubt, and anxiety that has plagued the lives of Dreamers for far too long. I want to thank my co-authors, Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke, and all of my colleagues who voted to support this legislation. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass the bill to allow Dreamers to continue their many contributions to our great nation.”

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16):

“I want to commend the CHC, Chairman Ruiz and Chairwoman Lofgren on their leadership in getting these two monumental pieces of legislation to the floor,” said Rep. Costa.  “Providing a path to legal status to farm workers for the betterment of our country is long overdue. American agriculture needs a reliable legal workforce and farm workers deserve to be treated as the essential workers they are. Farmers and farm workers provide a vital and essential partnership that puts food on America’s dinner tables every night. Therefore, the food we eat is a national security issue. This legislation, if passed, would ensure the reliability of America’s food supply remains secured.

“Dreamers came to this country as infants and children through no choice of their own. These young immigrants make immense contributions to our communities every day.  They serve in our military, and are our friends, neighbors, and students going to school to live the American dream.  They have earned a path to legal status and if this legislation becomes law, it would do just that.”

Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24):

“My father was a farmworker and I spent summers working with him in the fields, so I know firsthand how important the labor of those who harvest our food is to my community and to this nation. Agriculture is a major economic driver in my district and I have heard countless times from producers about the devastating labor shortage that stems from our broken immigration system,” said Rep. Carbajal. “We have a lot of work to do to reform our immigration system and this bill is one focused and significant step to accomplish that goal. This groundbreaking, bipartisan bill creates a lasting solution by providing earned legal status for existing farmworkers and it modernizes the guest worker program to ensure long term industry sustainability that supports farmworkers and growers alike.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.