Tell Congress: Defend DACA, Pass the DREAM Act

In an effort to throw yet another bone to his racist base of support, it appears that President Trump will not defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, instead possibly ending it after a delay.

Congress can stop this - please contact them today and tell them to pass the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would allow young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States to apply for legal status and eventually citizenship if they can meet certain educational, work, or military requirements, successfully pass a background check and remain in good legal standing.

And there is also hope with a new bi-partisan solution developed by Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons that provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients while shelving Trump's border wall.

If the Trump administration gets rid of DACA, hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children would once again be forced to fear deportation and separation from their family, friends, and lives here. Millions more would lose coworkers and stability.

There are countless stories and evidence that shows the value that DACA-recipients bring to our economy and communities. To turn our backs on these innocent young people would be utterly cruel and un-American.

For young people trying to work, study, and improve their lives in this country, we must defend DACA with all we’ve got.

Immigration arrests have increased 38% in Trump's first six months in office, with more than half a million people in detention centers awaiting immigration hearings. These arrests and deportations rip families and communities apart, and Trump continues to use inflammatory, anti-immigrant rhetoric that is being repeated across the country.

Every member of Congress should act swiftly to pass a clean, stand-alone DREAM Act. Inaction or opposition from members of Congress is unacceptable and will be viewed as support for Trump’s cruel ending of DACA.

And any bill that uses immigrant young people as bargaining chips—by protecting immigrant youth from deportation in exchange for putting more deportation agents on the streets to round up their parents, friends, family members, and to terrorize immigrant communities or holding this program ransom in return for funding the wasteful border wall—is a non-starter, and Congress must reject those bills.