Dream and Promise Act Passes House

June 07, 2019

A bill that would grant a path to citizenship for DACA recipients passed the House and is now headed to the Senate, where it is unlikely to be considered.

The bill would grant conditional green cards and work authorizations to immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children if they meet criteria similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Looking ahead:  This latest chapter of the saga to grant Dreamers a path to citizenship (the last time a version of the DREAM Act was passed by a chamber of Congress was 2010) will likely see a familiar fate.  While the bill did gain the votes of seven Republicans in the House, nominations and appropriations remain the priority in the Senate.  With the promise of a veto from the White House, Speaker McConnell (R-KY), who has been cautious with Senate floor time, is unlikely to take up the bill.  Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has not decided whether to consider the issue despite pressure from the Justice Department.