Rep. Cisneros Statement on the Introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

March 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement after signing on to the reintroduction of the Dream Act as an original cosponsor.

“I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019,” said Rep Cisneros. “Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status, and Deferred Enforced Departure individuals will now have the opportunity to contribute to the country they love and know to be their home. These people are students, service members, coworkers, neighbors, and friends and now they will have a path to citizenship. Our immigrant communities strengthen our economy and our nation. Embracing the diversity of our people is what makes America great.”

"As hundreds of undocumented students prepare for graduation from Cal State Fullerton in just a couple months, we are glad to hear that Representative Cisneros and Congress are taking steps to provide long-term solutions for our students and thousands more individuals across the nation. As the policy debate over immigration continues the Titan Dreamers Resource Center will continue to serve as a resource and support for our undocumented Titans and the greater Cal State Fullerton community,” said Martha Zavala Perez, Coordinator of the Titan Dreamers Resource Center.

“The introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 is a significant step towards protecting my family and hundreds of thousands of other families who came to the United States seeking a better opportunity. Most importantly H.R. 6 protects immigrants and their families, without hurting other communities, militarizing the border or funding the President’s deportation force,” said Veronica, Giron, member of SEIU-USWW, immigrant from El Salvador and TPS holder.

“For decades, immigrant workers and their families, have contributed to the economic and social vitality of our nation. Today, immigrants across California and the nation, recommit to work with our Congressional leaders to ensure that H.R. 6 becomes law. This important piece of legislation will give certainty to my family, that my U.S.-born children will not be rounded up and deported to a country that is not theirs.”

Rep. Cisneros has been an advocate for undocumented immigrants, Dreamers, and TPS holders in Congress and personally through his charitable foundation. He recently hosted a Dreamer as his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 1298 the Higher Education Dream Act, which would prevent colleges and universities from refusing to enroll or grant in-state tuition to Dreamers and is a cosponsor of H.R. 668, the American Dream Employment Act, which would allow DACA beneficiaries to be eligible for paid employment in Congress.