March 12, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Wang
(202) 812-9325 /

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) introduced the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement in response:

“We applaud Congress’ efforts to provide timely pathways to citizenship for immigrants who have built their lives and families in this country. Without this bill, hundreds of thousands of AAPI Dreamers and 15,000 people from Nepal stand at risk of deportation and being torn from their loved ones. Failure to protect immigrants who have been stripped of their dignity and ability to work and live freely in this country is nothing short of cruel and just another form of family separation–AAPI immigrant women cannot have full agency over their families and communities while living with this fear. We call on Congress to pass this bill without using Dreamers and TPS holders as bargaining chips for the many ruthless attempts of this administration to push out immigrants and people of color.”


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.