Local DACA recipients looking to legislators to pass 'Clean Dream Act'

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

NEA partnered with other organizations to highlight the economic impact of immigrants and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a 50-state campaign taking place today called iMarch for Immigration. The 35 members of the House GOP caucus - 34 representatives and Puerto Rico's nonvoting member - represent the largest bloc of Republicans to date to publicly voice support for a solution to one of the most emotionally charged elements of the years-long fight over immigration policy. In addition, about 2,000 people converged on nation's Capitol Wednesday for a rally demanding a DACA solution.

In September, President Donald Trump moved to end the President Barack Obama amnesty program that has allowed them to stay.

As the NAE's iMarch for Immigration got underway, Trump's administration continued to seek a DACA deal with Congress by year's end.

DACA recipients spoke at the rally, as did immigrants living in the US on Temporary Protected Status, another federal program the Trump administration is trying to curtail.

Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting the Dreamers.

"We all agree that our border must be enforced, our national security defended, and our broken immigration system reformed, but in this moment, we must address the urgent matter before us in a balanced approach that does not harm valuable sectors of our economy nor the lives of these hard-working young people", the letter states.

Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient. That gave a six-month window to Congress to come up with a remedy, or else those protected by the program would face deportation.

"I will continue my efforts to reach a bipartisan agreement to pass the Dream Act". Ending DACA would cost the state nearly $357.1 million in annual GDP losses, would remove an estimated 685,000 workers from the USA economy and would result in the loss of $460.3 billion in GDP nationwide over the next 10 years, according to the Interfaith Worker Justice fact sheet. Collins said she expects that a vote will be held in the Senate.

Tania Ruiz, 24, is a Dreamer who came to this country when she was 5 years old with her mother, father and three sisters. This proposal, as I have told them personally, can not be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.

"We are compelled to act immediately because many DACA recipients are about to lose or have already lost their permits in the wake of the program's rescission", the House Republicans said in their letter. "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about".

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