Three members of Congress will gather at Boston City Hall Plaza with “dreamers” and Temporary Protected Status holders to advocate for legislation that would offer a path to permanent residency for immigrants.
U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Katherine Clark and James McGovern along with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh plans to meet in front of the JFK Building at 4 p.m., Clark announced Monday morning.
The press conference, organized by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, will support H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which would provide permanent protection and a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, those with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure.
Massachusetts has over 12,000 Temporary Protected Status holders and about 5,900 active DACA beneficiaries.
“The Dream and Promise Act is a breath of fresh air,” said MIRA Executive Director Eva Millona. “It sends a strong message to Dreamers and TPS and DED holders: We know this is your home. We know how much you contribute to this nation – and we stand behind you.”
Congress for many years has been divided over changes to the nation’s immigration system.