The House of Representatives has just passed the American Dream and Promise Act 2021. The bill, sponsored by California Democratic Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, would provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and Deferred Enforcement Departure beneficiaries. Up to 4.4 million individuals might be eligible for permanent residence under the bill. All House Democrats and nine Republicans voted to approve the bill, which passed with a final vote of 228 to 197. The day was, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described it, “a cause for celebration.”
Unfortunately, the American Dream and Promise Act still must face the Senate, where its fate is far more uncertain. It has yet to garner any Republican support. Under the chamber’s current rules, the Democrats would have to sway at least 10 Republicans. In light of this, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, has begun negotiations with his Republican colleagues on the stand-alone bill.