Urge Congress to Support Fairness for Immigrant Children

The President’s decision 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. This program allowed relief from deportation for certain immigrant children who met certain criteria. The repeal of this program means that almost 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States as children will lose the legal protections and work authorization they had been granted.

ADL has long advocated for Congress to pass meaningful comprehensive immigration reform. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) recently introduced updated versions of the Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440) in the House and Senate. This legislation would allow young people who were brought to the U.S. as children to earn lawful permanent residence status and eventually become American citizens, provided they meet certain criteria such as graduation from high school and passing a criminal background check.

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). President Trump recently 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 will lose the legal protections and work authorization they had gained. This makes passing the Dream Act a moral imperative. This bipartisan bill is a practical and humane response to the needs of vulnerable immigrant students and would enable them to fully contribute to the communities and to the country they call home.

The Dream Act would allow these young people to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they:
- Are longtime residents who came to the U.S. as children;
- Graduate from high school or obtain a GED;
- Pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least 3 years, or serve in the military;
- Pass security and law enforcement background checks and pay a reasonable application fee;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language and knowledge of United States history, have not committed a felony or other serious crimes, and do not pose a threat to our country.

The President's action to rescind 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. They are some of our best and brightest. They are doctors, lawyers, teachers, and members of the military. They are our neighbors, our friends, and members of our communities.

They came out of the shadows, relying on promises made by our government. I urge Congress to pass the Dream Act to protect these young immigrants and move us closer towards enacting broader comprehensive immigration reform legislation that will serve America's security, humanitarian and economic interests, and reunify divided families.


Sincerely,
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