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 to work, go to school, and to give back to their communities and country without fear of deportation. Because DACA is not law — only an executive action — the protections in place for young students and veterans can change or be terminated at any time by the Trump administration or the Department of Justice.
Congress can 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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