The Dream and Promise Act, otherwise referred to as H.R.6, is designed to set up a safe and attainable pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and other communities affected by immigration legislation. By creating a safe pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth, immigrant communities can truly flourish without having to live in the shadows.
This piece of legislation has broad support from faith organizations and leaders, from both the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress, and from over 140 of the nation’s top businesses.
The Dream and Promise Act passed in the House of Representatives in 2019, but sadly the Senate has failed to act. We must urge our representatives to take action, voice their concerns on the floor regarding the current situation and attitude toward immigrant youth, and pass the Dream and Promise Act in the Senate. With its passage, it will establish permanent residency opportunities for DACA recipients, Dreamers, and immigrant youth who have been waiting idly by for the courts and current administration to help protect their status.
By lobbying your members of Congress, sharing your personal story or connection to immigrant communities, and using your voice to lift up others, you are one step closer to helping immigrant communities carve a legal pathway to citizenship. Lobbying is immensely important when it comes to implementing positive change. You are a constituent and your voice matters, so find a way to elevate your concerns and connect with your local offices.
If you are interested in learning more about the Dream and Promise Act, how to contact your members of Congress, and what lobbying is, contact Ariana Riccardi, an FCNL Advocacy Corps Organizer, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riccardi will be hosting a virtual lobbying workshop for Wilmington College students and community members alike to mobilize the local community. The lobby training will be Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. More information will be posted on the Wilmington College app.
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