We the undersigned, support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered this country before their 18th birthday, commonly referred to as Dreamers. These individuals have been raised, educated, and employed here. Most consider the United States their home and for many, this is the only country they have known.
In 2012, President Barack Obama provided temporary relief through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provided some immigrant youth an opportunity to come out of the shadows in exchange for a temporary reprieve from deportation and work authorization. For the past 9 years, over 600,000 immigrants, including 9,000 Utahns, have benefited from this program. They were permitted to work with authorization, go to school, and live without the looming fear of deportation. Unfortunately, in the last four years, DACA recipients saw tremendous turmoil because of multiple attempts to end the program and ensuing litigation. The constant whiplash in Washington D.C. and courts throughout the nation continue to upend the lives of DACA recipients and their communities. The DACA began as a temporary fix to a broken immigration system. It is past time for a permanent solution. A recent poll administered by the Deseret News and the Hinckley institute of politics showed that 55% of Utahns support a permanent solution, a legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
This year marked the 20th anniversary since the first Dream Act, which was co-sponsored by Utah’s Senator Orin Hatch, was introduced in 2001. In March 2021, H.R.6: The Dream and Promise Act 2021 was introduced, a bill that would create an accessible roadmap to citizenship for certain immigrants including Dreamers, DACA recipients, and TPS holders. The bill creates a three-step process by which individuals can apply to receive permanent residency and eventually citizenship. The Dream and Promise Act 2021 represents the first step to restoring security, safety, and a sense of belonging into the lives of tens of thousands of individuals. They are our friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, students, and are deserving of a life full of stability and belonging.
H.R.6 has already passed the House of Representatives and we urge the Senate to move forward as expeditiously as possible on this matter. H.R.6, if passed by the Senate, would permit individuals that qualify to apply for and receive permanent resident status on a conditional basis for 10 years and establishes a pathway to citizenship. It imposes qualifying requirements such as being continuously physically present in the United States since January 1, 2021, pass background checks, and complete one of the following: be enrolled in or having completed certain educational programs (high school or college), serve in the military, or being employed.
We, the undersigned, represent organizations, corporations, community leaders, and everyday people living and working in Utah. We support the passage of H.R.6: The Dream and Promise Act 2021. We call on Utah’s elected Congressional Delegation to honor the wishes of most of their constituents and the roots of the original Dream Act and vote YES in support of passing this piece of legislation.
: Applicants cannot have been convicted of certain crimes nor be considered gang members, public safety, or national security threats.
Current Signatories from Utah Business, Organization, Academic, and Community Leaders
ACLU of UTAH
Alliance Community Services
Association for Utah Community Health
Centro de la Familia de UtahGonzalo Palza, CEO
Christian Center of Park CityRob Harter, Executive Director
Community Health Connect
Consulado de México en Salt Lake City
Crossroads Urban Center
Davis Technical CollegeDarin Brush, President
Holy Cross Ministries
Midtown Community Health CenterAlicia Martinez, CEO
No More a Stranger Foundation
Ogden-Weber Technical CollegeJim R. Taggart, President
People's Health Clinic
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Rose Park Neighborhood Center
Salt Lake Community CollegeDeneece G. Huftalin, President
SimpleCitizenSam Stoddard, CEO
Snow CollegeScott L. Wyatt, President
Southwest Utah Community Health CenterLori Wright, CEO
UCLR | Utah Coalition of La Raza
United Way of Salt Lake
University of Utah Health Plans
University of UtahDr. Michael L. Good, Interim President
Utah Citizens' Counsel
Utah Health Policy Project
Utah Multicultural Civic Council
Utah State UniversityNoelle E. Cockett, President
Utah Valley UniversityAstrid Tuminez, President
Utahns Against Hunger
Voices for Utah ChildrenMoe Hickey, CEO
Weber State UniversityDr. Brad L. Mortensen, President
Westminster CollegeDr. Bethami Dobkin, President
Wing & HowlDaniel Gonzalez, Marketer in Chief
YWCA of Utah
Current Signatories from Individual Utahans
Ruth S. Burkett
William Cosgrove, MD
George H. Durham
Sebastian de Freitas
Matthew R. Gale
Cheryll L. May
Edward Heriberto Mayer
Sergio Chavez Rangel
Kevin Michael Smith
Aydé Soto Wright
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