Take Action: August 29, 2017 Urgent call to protect DREAMers

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is under IMMEDIATE threat.  Call your Members of Congress TODAY to ask them to do whatever they can to support/pass the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017!

Since 2001, there have been multiple bipartisan attempts to enact the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for educated, law-abiding, contributing members of society who were brought to the United States as children and consider this country their home. Year after year, congress failed to pass this law because of politics. In 2012, the Obama Administration adopted some enforcement priorities that gave temporary reprieve to this specific group of Dreamers, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Despite claiming to have “a big heart” when it comes to Dreamers, Trump has now indicated that he will either terminate the program or encourage the Department of Justice to challenge it in the courts. The good news is that Congress can still correct this by passing the newly proposed bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 that would provide an affirmative path (though not a quick or easy one) to legal residency and eventual citizenship for these 800,000 young people who have done their best to comply with the law, have provided all their information to DHS, and are now at the mercy of ICE. Please call all of your Members of Congress today and insist that they finally do the right thing and pass the DREAM Act.

The following excerpt was taken from the link below:

“Nearly 800,000 DREAMers received critical protections and work authorization under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA recipients are upstanding members of our communities who came to this country as children. Everyone in the program has passed an extensive background check, paid a fee, and is now a student, service member or part of the workforce. DACA has been operational for five years and is popular with the public and enjoys the support of employers, educators, community leaders, and elected officials from both parties. However, DACA is now under immediate threat. In fact, after September 5, DACA could be tied up in courts – putting 800,000 DREAMers at risk. Congress must take immediate action and pass the DREAM Act to protect DREAMers[.]”

Photo: Silvia, a DREAMer, was later reunited with her family after being detained by ICE.