As we reported last week, 10 State Attorneys General have threatened to sue if the Trump administration does not end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program by the end of September. Ending DACA is not only deeply unpopular (with 78% if American voters and 73% of Trump voters supporting a path to citizenship for DREAMers), it would also take a heavy toll on the U.S. economy.
In the midst of this bad news for immigrants and their loved ones, there is also a ray of hope: the DREAM Act.
On July 19, U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) again introduced the DREAM Act, bi-partisan legislation which would provide a pathway to permanent residence and eventual citizenship for immigrant youth. This bill has been introduced 10 times since 2001 (Senator Orrin Hatch was a co-sponsor of the original version), and prior versions passed either the House or the Senate, but never both bodies in the same session. The 2017 version of the bill is the strongest version introduced to date, and could provide legal permanent residence to 1.5 million DREAMers! In addition, it would provide immediate protection to DACA recipients.
Given the current administration’s assault on immigrants, President Trump’s repeated flip-flops on DACA, AG Session’s anti-immigrant stance, and the recent push by 10 states to repeal DACA, it is more important than ever that you urge your Senators to support the Dream Act (S.1615).
CALL TO ACTION
- Call our senators and ask them oppose any efforts to repeal DACA and to support the DREAM Act (S.1615). Remind Senator Hatch that he – along with Senator Durbin – originally proposed the DREAM Act legislation in 2001. Hatch rejected the bill as “cynical politics” in 2010, while a Democratic Administration was in the White House. Let him know that with a Republican-controlled congress and a sitting Republican president, he no longer has an excuse to reject the legislation he initially co-sponsored.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)