Action: Urge your members of Congress to support a “clean” Dream Act
Background: On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated in six months. The DACA program provides protection from deportation and work permits to nearly 700,000 youth and young adults who were brought to the U.S. as children, including many in Mennonite and Brethren in Christ congregations. Thanks to DACA, thousands of have been able to attend college, work legally, and obtain driver’s licenses. Many now have children of their own. (Read Dmarcos’ story.)
In October, the White House released a long list of demands, in exchange for supporting the Dream Act or similar legislation, which include reduced legal immigration, increased enforcement, more border walls and the removal of protections for unaccompanied minors. The requirements are unpopular with Democrats and many Republicans in Congress. As Congress debates year-end spending deals, it is more important than ever to reach out to your members to support a “clean” Dream Act without added enforcement or other anti-immigrant measures.
Faith reflection: Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right. (Isaiah 10:1-2a)
Action: Ask Congress to support a “clean” Dream Act
Alert prepared by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs, on Deember 13, 2017.