But minutes ago, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the DREAM Act in Congress. Momentum is building to protect Dreamers.
It is time to enshrine a more permanent legislative solution for Dreamers and their families. If DACA goes away, the consequences of repeal would be truly terrible: 800,000 Dreamers would lose their ability to work and be subject to immediate deportation.
The DREAM Act would create a three-step process to allow hardworking young people who came to this country as children to earn a path to citizenship. We must show our support for this bill right away.
The consequences of repealing DACA, as officials from 10 states want to do, would be massive and cost the country an estimated $460.3 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product over the course of a decade.
Nearly two million Dreamers currently live in the United States without a permanent solution. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — and well over 80% of Americans — want legislation to provide Dreamers protection from deportation and the ability to earn citizenship.
Now is the time to make this happen while momentum is in our favor. We need to be clear: we need to keep DACA’s protections in place and push Congress to pass a permanent DREAM Act right now.
Dreamers are critical to our communities, creating jobs and raising wages for U.S. citizens. Providing a pathway to legal status for them will make everyone safer by bringing people out of the shadows and allowing law enforcement to focus their limited time and enforcement resources on true public safety threats.
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