Shoulder to Shoulder
Calls to Action
Ask Congress to Support Dreamers and Pass the American Dream and Promise Act
The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 is a bipartisan bill that would provide permanent protection and a pathway for Dreamers (children who arrived in the U.S. without documentation) to receive citizenship. This bill has been introduced repeatedly since 2001 and has received bipartisan support. The House passed the Dream Act, but the bill is currently held up in the Senate.
On July 16, 2021, a federal judge ruled that accepting new DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications is illegal. While this does not change the status of current DACA recipients, it does bar new applicants, emphasizing the need for legislative action. Executive orders are insufficient because future administrations or courts could revoke protected status and potentially deport Dreamers to countries they do not even remember living in. Until the Dream Act is passed, DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, will remain in a state of uncertainty. The Dream Act will provide a path to citizenship for millions of individuals who feel completely American in everything but name. They already contribute to our communities, but citizenship will allow them the security of being able to further their education, find meaningful employment, pay taxes, invest in their communities, and bring their full commitment to our nation without fear of future deportation.
You can read more here. Then write your senators to ask them to support the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021. You can submit your letters via our website. After you enter your information, you will be given a chance to add a personal statement to let your senators know why this is important to you. (Remember the Principles of Peacemaking.)