Friday, December 8, 2017

Democrats failed to hold the line for Dreamers!

Last night, both the House and Senate passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government open for another two weeks. The House passed the CR 235-193, with 18 Republicans voting no and 14 Democrats voting yes. Just two hours later, the Senate passed their CR 81-14.
Let’s be clear: in practical terms this was a vote to deport Dreamers. Democrats didn't use their leverage to push for a clean dream act before the deadline.
In the next two weeks, 1,708 Dreamers will lose their protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive action that allowed them to apply for work permits and live without fear of deportation.
Democrats had real leverage in this fight, but just eight -- Kamala Harris (CA), Mazie Hirono (HI), Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), and Bernie Sanders (VT) -- held their ground, stood up for Dreamers, and voted no.
Here’s what we need you to do:
Get loud. Stay mad. Do what you can to keep the pressure up for the next two weeks. #dreamers, #DACA
- The Indivisible Team

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