Today’s passage of #DreamAndPromise by the House is the result of decades of deep organizing by immigrant communities & reflects the urgent need to provide protection from deportation.

But the addition of harsh criminalization provisions in this version is very concerning.
The policing & mass incarceration systems in this country are fundamentally rigged against Black & Latinx ppl, and the #DreamAndPromise Act is no exception.

#HR6 is designed to strip access to Biden's promise of immigration reform from people who have experienced police contact.
Criminalization born of a racist system cant be the measure we use to determine who belongs & who goes.

Instead of extending access to undocumented communities of color #HR6 has punitive provisions that could make anyone who’s committed a misdemeanor ineligible for legal status.
Rather than deliver on the promise that @POTUS made to 11 million undocumented ppl in this country, #HR6 will strip rights for ppl who've experienced police contact.

Rather than protect young ppl who've been falsely accused of gang affiliation, HR6 denies them of a future here.
It has to be said:

In a country notorious for its racist policing practices, excluding people with a criminal history or prior police contact from citizenship is fundamentally unjust.

#DreamAndPromise #HR6 #NoMoreExclusions
Categorically denying someone from legal status due to a past conviction will only doubly punish communities surviving cycles of family separation caused by incarceration and deportation.

#DreamAndPromise #HR6 #NoMoreExclusions
With #HR6, Congressional Democrats *ADDED* criminal bars to legal status & citizenship that dramatically narrow the opportunities for citizenship for undocumented Black & Latinx residents who deserve to be recognized by their government.

Keeping it real:

Every time Congress adds a criminal bar, it condemns thousands as disposable -- unworthy of citizenship -- and allows ICE undue discretion to make life and death decisions over who is allowed to remain in the country they call home.

#DreamAndPromise #HR6
The Biden admin gave hope to the 11 million undocumented ppl living in the US, that a path to citizenship was near.

But when @POTUS allows ICE to deport anyone who has an “aggravated felony' (which includes nonviolent charges) he's not living up to his promise.


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