Crist Hails Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act: “Home is Here”

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) released a statement on House passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, legislation to offer a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living and working in the U.S. through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 228-197, comes after four long years of attacks on immigrants including attempts to end DACA, pulling student visas for foreign nationals, and severely limiting TPS. The American Dream and Promise Act is expected to provide relief and protections for up to 3.4 million immigrants.

“My grandfather immigrated here with little more than hope and a belief in the promise of America – just like generations before him and generations after. Floridians know that our diversity gives us strength. The 3.4 million Dreamers and TPS holders who would benefit from this bill make America stronger. They love our country; they work for our country; they serve in our military; and for many, the United States is the only country they’ve ever known. Dreamers and TPS holders are our neighbors, friends, colleagues, coworkers, and loved ones. They have fought each and every step of the way for the simple opportunity to live in a nation where they would be free to work for the chance to lead better lives. What could be more American than that?

“The Dream and Promise Act sends a clear message to those who are Americans in every way except one. You belong in this country, and it’s past time we made it official. Home is here.”

In addition to voting in support of the Dream and Promise Act, Congressman Crist supports the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, to provide legal status and an opportunity to earn a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers and their families.

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