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For Immediate Release

February 4, 2021

Media Contact

Erik Villalobos, evillalobos@ndlon.org

National TPS Alliance responds to re-introduction of DREAM Act

Nationwide- Earlier today, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois introduced legislation which would provide a path to citizenship for DREAMers, but would exclude more than 400,000 beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status.

In response to the recent legislative proposal, Cristian Valle of the National TPS Alliance made the following statement: 

“We applaud Senator Durbin for recognizing the urgent need for Congress to start somewhere. And while it is great to see congressional leaders are acknowledging that I am deserving of a permanent residency, I come from a mixed status family, and my parents who are in purgatory with TPS and have been key contributors to this country for almost two decades also deserve green cards. Now.  This is the reason why we will continue to push for TPS families and mixed status to be protected as a step to achieve full equality for all immigrants and refugees living and working in the United States. We will support any legislative mechanism which would guarantee a path to citizenship for my whole family.” – Cristian Valle, DACA recipient and son of TPS Holders, TPS committee of Newark, NJ

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