Thread on #DreamAndPromise Act and #Criminalization🧵:

Despite efforts to improve the bill and eliminate the harmful criminalization bars that will exclude thousands of Black and brown youth, the bill remains the same.
48 Representatives supported an amendment to eliminate some of the criminalization bars. But it wasn’t enough. #NoMoreExclusions
As you see public support of #DreamAndPromise Act, we also have to recognize how the bill falls short and why relying on the criminal legal system to determine who “deserves” immigration relief is unacceptable. #NoMoreExclusions
The current #DreamAndPromise proposal ADDS more criminalization on top of the already existing criminalization bars. This is another layer of further harm that will inevitably result in people who have had contact with the criminal legal system to be excluded and targeted.
It should not be lost here that the criminalization bar were added by DEMOCRATS. This is unacceptable.

It's time to pass legislation that does not rely on criminalization, detention, and deportation for SOME - while providing relief to others. #NoMoreExclusions

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19 Mar
Further thoughts on the #DreamAndPromise 🧵:

It's important to highlight that the criminalization bars and exclusions in the bill were placed there by Democrats, not Republicans.

Again, this was Democratic leadership that added further criminalization.
One take away for me is that we still have much work to do with our communities to make the connections between criminalization and the deportation pipeline.
It's not that this bill is "imperfect". It's that it ADDS criminalization to already existing immigration laws. It looks to the criminal legal system to determine who is "worthy" of protection and safety.
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5 Mar
🧵On Dream and Promise Act:

This week HR6 was reintroduced in the House. If passed, the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA, TPS, and DED holders.

BUT the legislation also includes harsh "criminal bars" that would exclude many.
The bill continues the framework of criminalization by using peoples juvenile record against them. This is the same bill of 2019. 

Here's an article from the Marshall Project:…
From the article: "No law has ever before required immigration officials to also weigh immigrants’ juvenile records when they apply for asylum, visas or any other form of permanent residency status."
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