Bonamici Helps Pass Bills to Provide Dreamers with Pathway to Citizenship, Help Agricultural Workers
WASHINGTON, DC [03/18/2021] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) voted for two immigration bills that create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and provide more security to agricultural workers and their families. Both bills passed the House with bipartisan support.
H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, is one of Bonamici’s top priorities for immigration reform and would create a pathway to citizenship for up to 3.4 million immigrants who have long lived in the U.S. under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or Deferred Enforcement Department (DED).
H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, would help migrant workers, their families, and agricultural businesses by establishing a program that provides workers with legal status, reforming the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program, and more.
“Humane reform of our immigration system is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Thousands of Dreamers in Oregon have been making our communities better for years, and many of them have been working on the front lines and making essential contributions throughout this pandemic. These resilient young people are beloved members of our community, and must be provided with a pathway to full citizenship. I urge the Senate to quickly pass the Dream and Promise Act to finally make their dream a reality.
“We must recognize the important contributions of the migrant workers who sustain our agricultural industry, and who worked through the pandemic, often in unsafe conditions, to provide food to families across the country. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act will give these essential workers the stability they need to provide for themselves and their families, strengthening our workforce and communities. I will continue pressing for comprehensive legislation that improves our immigration system.”