WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration March 15 endorsed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019,which would provide equal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying “Dreamers” and those covered by the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs. “We need a permanent legislative solution for those who have spent their lives contributing and living in the United States, the country they know as home,? said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who is the committee’s chairman. “Dreamers and TPS holders are vital members of our community who are going to school, working to make our communities better and raising families,” he said in a letter to House members. “They have lived in limbo for far too long and now is the time for a solution.” The Dreamers are young adults who were brought by their parents to the U.S. illegally as children and remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “Dreamer” comes from the DREAM Act, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, an earlier bipartisan proposal with several provisions to qualify these young people for permanent residency. The American Dream and Promise Act, or H.R. 6, was introduced in Congress March 12 and it builds on the DREAM Act, according to its many co-sponsors.