Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has enabled 800,000 undocumented young adults, often referred to as “Dreamers,” to come out of the shadows. They can work work, go to school, and give back to their communities and our country without fear of deportation. Recently, President Trump ended the DACA program, putting 800,000 young adult immigrants at risk of deportation. In ending DACA, the administration delayed enforcement of its decision for six months to give Congress time to find a legislative solution.
Now more than ever, Congress must quickly act to protect DACA recipients and all other “Dreamers” by passing the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/ H.R. 3440). This legislation would allow young immigrants to keep living and working in the United States while earning lawful permanent residence and eventually U.S. citizenship.
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