Today, in response to the passage of the Dream and Promise Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Immigrant Justice Network released the following statement:
We recognize that the passage of the Dream and Promise Act, critical legislation meant to provide long-overdue permanent protection to immigrant youth and recipients of TPS and DED, brings hope to many people.
Yet the version of the bill passed by the House today excludes community members who have already suffered at the hands of the U.S.’s racist system of policing and incarceration, replete with over-policing, racial profiling, and violence. Black and brown people who would otherwise be eligible for the protections in today’s bill will instead remain vulnerable to being locked up in ICE detention, separated from their loved ones, and exiled from the country they call home.
It is in this moment that we must reaffirm our commitment to fighting for the fundamental principles of equity, fairness and respect for everyone’s rights — and to fighting to dismantle systems of racism and oppression.
We applaud members of Congress who raised their voices today against the logic of double-punishment and double-suspicion that has long poisoned immigration policy. In solidarity with communities across the country, we will continue to organize for transformation, inclusion, and liberation.
Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) members include Families for Freedom, Grassroots Leadership, the Immigrant Defense Project, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Just Futures Law, the National Immigrant Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Puente Human Rights Movement, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network.