Pelosi Statement on One Year Anniversary of House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act

June 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement marking one year since the Democratic House passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act to protect our courageous and patriotic Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders:

“One year ago, House Democrats took a momentous step forward for justice by passing H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, to protect the Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients whose courage, patriotism and determination to succeed make America more American.  Yet, for 365 days, Leader McConnell has refused to take up this legislation, which has the overwhelming support of the American people.  His partisan obstruction dishonors the extraordinary contributions that immigrants make to our communities – including more than 200,000 DACA recipients who are risking their lives on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis.

“This anniversary comes at a moment of immense sadness for our nation.  Americans across the country are grieving for the staggering loss of life from the coronavirus and from the pattern of racial injustice and police brutality that we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd.  This moment highlights the need for justice in America, from racial justice and economic justice to justice in health care, environmental justice and justice for our immigrant communities.  While the Trump Administration continues to abdicate its leadership, we must work tirelessly to oppose the Administration’s dangerous anti-immigrant agenda, secure justice for vulnerable communities and ensure that everyone, regardless of immigration status, has the support and resources they need at this challenging time.

“Protecting our Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients is about honoring the respect for family that is at the heart of who we are as Americans.  Inspired by the ongoing energy and activism of our proud Dreamers and their families, we will continue to raise a drumbeat of action to demand the Senate vote on this critical legislation.  We will not rest until we have secured every person’s right to achieve their American Dream.”