What the American Dream and Promise Act could mean for thousands of valley residents

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Valley congressman TJ Cox joined several immigrant advocacy groups in Sanger for a roundtable discussion Wednesday.

He and the groups touched on a number of topics, including the newly introduced American Dream and Promise Act.

“I’m a current DACA recipient and the way that DACA is right now, it affects us emotionally and mentally,” says Vicente Reyes, of the United Farm Workers Foundation.

“Two years ago when it was about to be ended, I had to explain to my little brothers, ‘Hey it’s alright that if one day I don’t come home, you know I might get deported, but it’s fine, I’ll be OK, but you won’t get to see me again,’ and they started crying. But they you know understood that I’m not here legally,” Reyes said, visibly emotional.

Reyes is just one of thousands facing uncertainty when it comes to his legal status, something Cox is hoping to change now that he’s the representative of California’s twenty-first congressional district by introducing the new American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

Cox says has the potential to change the lives of close to 7,400 DACA recipients.

“We’re working for the immigrants who are contributing to our communities and we’re going to get comprehensive immigration reform done,” Cox says.

The congressman also says he’s working on the Blue Card Bill, which he says is part of a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system.

He says, “We need to be able to meet our workforce needs for not only construction and hospitality, but education and really to provide the workforce for the future.”

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