Urge Congress to Support Fairness for Immigrant Children

The President’s unnecessary decision in January to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) means that the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country as children now hang in the balance.  The bipartisan Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), which has been introduced in Congress, would provide relief from deportation for immigrant youth who meet certain criteria. Congress has had many opportunities to pass this legislation and has not done so – most recently as part of the continuing funding resolution in January.  To date, more than 16,000 Dreamers have lost their status – and about 120 more lose their status every day Congress fails to take action.  Justice delayed for Dreamers is justice denied.  Congress must pass the Dream Act without delay.

Urge your Members to support this legislation.

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I Urge You to Support Fairness for Immigrant Children

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to support the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440). In January, President Trump unnecessarily acted to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was instituted under President Obama. This program allowed relief from deportation for certain immigrant children who met specific criteria. The repeal of this program means that almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children now fear that they will lose the legal protections and work authorization they had gained. Since that day, more than 16,000 immigrant youth have lost their DACA protections that's more than 120 every day.

The impact of failing to protect DACA recipients reverberates well beyond the 800,000 recipients. It tears families apart, and it fails all of the families and children who deserve and depend on a future that embraces diversity as a national strength. This was confirmed by a federal court in California, which temporarily halted the decision to end DACA. The Court's decision confirms that the President's action was not only the wrong thing to do but was also likely unlawful. And while it temporarily shields many of these young immigrants from deportation, their lives continue to hang in the balance without a permanent solution.

Congress has had many opportunities to act on this legislation and has failed to do so. The lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and their families lie in Congress's hands and the time for action is now. Dreamers cannot afford to remain in limbo any longer. Congress must act to pass the Dream Act without delay.



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