CAPAC Chair Applauds Passage of House Passage of Dream and Promise Act & Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Mar 19, 2021 Issues: Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed two immigration reform bills: H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act and H.R. 1603 the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021. The Dream and Promise Act establishes a process for eligible DACA, Temporary Protected States Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients with a pathway to lawful permanent resident (LPR) and eventually citizenhip. This has the potential to provide immigration relief for over 2.5 million individuals, including over 120,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants. Dreamers and nearly 15,000 TPS recipients from Nepal.

The Farm Workforce Protection Act establishes a Certified Agricultural Worker status for 1.7 million agricultural workers in the United States (and their spouses and minor children) to earn a temporary legal status through continued agricultural employment. It also reforms the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program to provide more flexibility for employers, while ensuring critical protections for workers, including heat stress protections. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), an original cosponsor of both bills, issued the following statement:

“Today, I was proud to vote for the American Dream, and the right for everyone to live that dream if they’re willing to work for it, which is precisely what these bills reward. Farmworkers are some of the hardest working people in this country, but a lack of legal status leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. Those who work so that we can eat deserve to be rewarded with a path to citizenship. Similarly for our Dreamers and TPS recipients, over 300,000 of whom are working in front-line jobs to keep our country running. These immigrants are staffing hospitals, grocery stores, and schools, and yet still face the threat of deportation and being separated from their families simply because of where they were born. If you come to the US, contribute, lay roots, go to school or find a job, then you deserve to know you are safe in the country you have made home. That is the promise in these bills today and it is a promise I am proud to vote for.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.