When President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Sept. 5, he asked Congress to act to ensure that these 700,000 young people would be able to stay in the only country they call home.
It’s been almost 5 months, and we’re still waiting. In the Senate, two bipartisan bills to give Dreamers a path to citizenship (in exchange for significant concessions) failed on Feb. 15 despite gaining 52 and 54 votes, respectively, while President Trump’s own proposal won only 39 votes. In the House, In the House, majority leaders are pushing a rabidly anti-immigrant bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that makes the White House plan look tame.
Enough. Call on members of Congress to take urgent action in support of Dreamers, without poison pills. The clock is ticking; every day, about 122 young people lose their status, and after March 5, it will be 1,000 a day.
There are bipartisan plans in both the House and Senate, including the DREAM Act, that could pass if Congressional leaders just stopped blocking them. If all else fails, a must-pass budget bill due by March 23 may offer a chance to break the stalemate. We have a way forward. Now Congress needs to act!