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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Calls for Senate Passage of the Dream and Promise Act Following President Biden’s Meeting with Dreamers

May 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) called for the Senate passage of the Dream and Promise Act, following President Joe Biden’s meeting with DACA recipients. Six Dreamers from across the country sat down with President Biden in the Oval Office today, including Leydy Rangel, National Communications Manager for the United Farm Workers, whose hometown is Coachella, California.  

The Dream and Promise Act would allow Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to contribute fully to the country they love and know to be their home by providing a pathway to citizenship.

Chair Dr. Ruiz

“Today's White House meeting underscores the crucial need for the Senate to pass the Dream and Promise Act,” said Dr. Ruiz. “I am incredibly proud of each Dreamer who met with President Biden today, including United Farm Workers' Leydy Rangel from my hometown of Coachella, California. As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I thank President Biden for his commitment to securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.”  

Leydy Rangel

“Farm workers like my parents and siblings have fought for years to emerge from the shadows,” said Leydy Rangel, a Dreamer and the National Communications Manager for the United Farm Workers. “They are essential to our nation—not just during the pandemic—and they deserve to live and work free from the constant terror of deportation and family separation. Without people like my family our fellow Americans would not have fresh fruits and vegetables on their dinner tables. But our story is not unique. Like other essential farm workers my family deserves a pathway to legalization. President Biden is committed to winning this just remedy. Now the U.S. Senate must act. My siblings and I contribute to our country. We are American in every way except on paper.” 

BACKGROUND  

The Dream and Promise Act would provide permanent legal protections for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. In total, the bill would provide protections for up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States.  

On March 18, 2021, Chair Dr. Ruiz presided over the House vote on the bill. The Dream and Promise Act passed the House with the support of nine Republican lawmakers and now awaits a vote in the Senate.  

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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.