To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate
Pass a clean Dream Act now
Congress must deliver a clean Dream Act to provide legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants so cruelly impacted by the Trump administration's decision to end the popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Why is this important?
***Any deal Senate Democrats make that is based off of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan keeping their word—including the outrageous deal to end the shutdown made this week—is a bad one. This is an emergency. There are just days until DACA expires for all recipients. Demand Congress pass a clean Dream Act now.***
In September 2017, Donald Trump put more than 800,000 immigrant youth at risk by ending the popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement that no people currently on DACA will be affected for six months "so Congress can have time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions." That's why we need to reach lawmakers immediately. That time is now.
DACA--a program with strong bipartisan support--has protected young people who came to this country as children and have deep roots in our communities. Now, they are facing an uncertain future because of Trump's callous plan.
The politics—not just the morality—are on our side. We can't let this opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation to protect immigrant youth slip away.
Trump is facing fierce resistance from immigrants, their families and allies, business leaders, and municipal leaders across the country. And now some Republicans—including House Speaker Paul Ryan—are starting to speak out.
But speaking out is not enough. Congress must act.
Immigration arrests have increased 38% in Trump's first six months in office, with more than half a million people in detention centers awaiting immigration hearings. These arrests and deportations rip families and communities apart, and Trump continues to use inflammatory, anti-immigrant rhetoric that is being repeated across the country.
Every member of Congress should act swiftly to pass a clean, stand-alone Dream Act. Inaction or opposition from members of Congress is unacceptable and will be viewed as support for Trump’s cruel ending of DACA.
And any bill that uses immigrant young people as bargaining chips—by protecting immigrant youth from deportation in exchange for putting more deportation agents on the streets to round up their parents, friends, family members, and to terrorize immigrant communities or holding this program ransom in return for funding the wasteful border wall—is a non-starter, and Congress must reject those bills.