UPDATED 6:44 AM PT — Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Democrat-controlled House recently passed legislation, which could potentially impact immigration law for years to come. In a floor vote Tuesday, the lower chamber approved HR6, which is also known as the ‘Dream and Promise Act.’ The bill provides a legislative fix for DACA recipients, granting permanent residency and an eventual pathway to citizenship for the more than two million so-called Dreamers.
The DACA program has been in limbo amid its cancellation by President Trump and subsequent legal challenges, but the move goes much further than a DACA fix. The legislation also provides a permanent safeguard from deportation for immigrants currently residing in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforcement Departure.
Temporary Protected Status has allowed foreign nationals from various countries, including El Salvador and Honduras, to seek temporary refuge from violence and natural disasters. The program is managed by the Department of Homeland Security. The department has begun terminating these protections because they say most immigrants can now return to their country of origin safely.
However, the Deferred Enforcement Departure is conducted at the president’s discretion. Former President George W. Bush enacted protections for Liberians in 2007 due to the Ebola outbreak, but President Trump has ordered protections to wind-down and terminate next year.
While Democrats are calling the passage of the legislation a victory, the bill is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate as most Republicans in the upper chamber are against amnesty.