***For Immediate Release***
March 26, 2019
Federal Policy Director
Phone: 402-438-8853 x128
Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Senate Introduction of the Dream Act and the Secure Act of 2019
Long overdue legislation would provide stability for Nebraska families and communities
Lincoln, NE – Today, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham introduced the Dream Act of 2019 and Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin introduced the Secure Act of 2019 to provide protections for immigrant youth, and residents with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status.
Omaid Zabih, Nebraska Appleseed Federal Policy Director, issued the following statement in response:
“This important, positive legislation would provide stability for longtime residents who contribute so much to Nebraska communities. Nebraskans have been working for legislation like this for decades – the first Dream Act was introduced in 2001. Many Temporary Protected Status residents have been members of Nebraska communities for more than twenty years, building lives, families, and businesses.
“Together, these two bills, along with the House Dream and Promise Act of 2019, would create a process for Dreamers, TPS residents, and DED recipients to apply for permanent legal residency and citizenship in the country they have long called home.”
State-by-state estimates of the Dreamer population and tax contributions can be found here.
A map of Dreamer and TPS populations and economic contributions by Congressional district can be found here.