NM Dream Team backs new Dream and Promise Act
March 12, 2019 10:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There's a renewed sense of hope for young people in our country without legal status. Nancy Pelosi and U.S. House Democrats introduced HR 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, on Tuesday.
It would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions that includes DREAMers and beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) programs.
The promise of prosperity brought Michelle Murguia’s family to New Mexico from Chihuahua, Mexico when she was just 10 years old. Now she's 20, a student at CNM and still has no legal status.
“At any moment my family or I can be deported,” said Murguia.
HR 6 includes conditional permanent residency for those eligible and a pathway for permanent status.
“What we wanted to focus on is a bill that really gives them something permanent, right?” said Flaviano Graciano, communication director for the New Mexico DREAM Team. “Something that will really provide them the opportunity to be able to build their future here.”
Though it may seem like a longshot under the current administration, Graciano said that’s just adding fuel to the fire.
“Hearts can change and so can minds. So we are backing that bill with that mentality,” said Graciano.
So it becomes more than just a dream.
“This will help us to get a better life to complete your dreams that is having a career,” said Murguia.
They are calling on our New Mexico's congressional leadership to back this bill, with the hope it moves through the house without any changes.
Updated: March 12, 2019 10:20 PM
Created: March 12, 2019 09:34 PM
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