PRESS RELEASE FOR: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Port truck drivers in U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, Teamsters, applaud passage of Dream and Promise Act in U.S. House of Representatives
(PORTS OF LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH) – Truck drivers who haul containerized cargo on and off the docks of America’s seaports – many of whom are in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program – join the Teamsters Union in applauding today’s passage of the Dream and Promise Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Dream and Promise Act would provide a path to legal permanent residency and citizenship for Dreamers who came to the United States as children and for workers who came from countries covered by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
The legislation would allow truck drivers and other hard working men and women to continue contributing to their communities, supporting their families, and contributing to the U.S economy. The legislation would help provide a secure future for workers and a stable workforce in construction, food processing, transportation, hospitality, and many other industries.
“It’s good news to hear that the House passed the Dream and Promise Act. A few months ago, I came to Washington, D.C., to share my story as a truck driver and TPS holder with our representatives. We make so many contributions to our communities and economy. We need solutions, and we hope the Senate moves on this soon,” said Cesar Rodriguez, a port truck driver at XPO logistics and TPS recipient.
“We are a nation of immigrants and our nation has prospered thanks to immigrants. Members of our union follow the rules, work hard, pay taxes and strengthen our communities. They deserve stability and the Dream and Promise Act will provide that. We look forward to this legislation moving forward and becoming law,” said Ron Herrera, International Vice President and Executive Director of the Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus.