May 1, 2019 | Number of The Day
Young undocumented immigrants in Elizabeth with path to legal status if Dream and Promise Act is enacted

The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 is designed to protect and provide a path to legal status for so-called Dreamers, approximately 2.3 million undocumented young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children; it would also give relief to more than 400,000 people who have Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departures.

In a new report, the Center for American Progress finds that Elizabeth, New Jersey was among the top 25 cities in the country with the greatest number of eligible residents. For Elizabeth (23rd in the list), that number is 5,400. Newark was 24th in the list, with 4,900 eligible. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles and New York City had the greatest number of eligible residents, 112,900 and 109,400 respectively. California had a total of eight cities in the top 25.

The legislation is an effort to restore key protections for these immigrants that were ended by the Trump administration.

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