The Dreamers are an immigrant population especially at risk as Trump introduces immigration legislation. We will catch you up on the issue and what you can do about it!
Who are the Dreamers? The Dreamers are undocumented persons who entered the United States as children. Many of them received legal protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) measure introduced via executive order in 2012 during the Obama Administration. The Dreamers are especially vulnerable to Trump’s potential deportation plans as they shared confidential personal information with Homeland Security to get their DACA approval. In order to address the safety of this vulnerable population, we are calling on our legislators to support the BRIDGE Act.
What is the BRIDGE Act? The BRIDGE Act, sponsored by Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Graham (R-SC) in the Senate and by Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO-6) in the House, would make it possible for people to receive “provisional protected presence” and work authorization for a three-year period. The three-year period would end three years after the bill becomes law. The requirements people would have to meet are essentially the same as the requirements for DACA. People who already have DACA would be deemed to have provisional protected presence until their DACA’s expiration date, then they would be eligible to apply affirmatively for provisional protected presence. The BRIDGE bill would also impose restrictions on the sharing of information in DACA and provisional protected presence applications with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for purposes of immigration enforcement.
Great news! Utah’s District 2 Rep. Chris Stewart signed on to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act on April 5th! Now let’s get more Utah congressional representatives supporting the Dreamers too!
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and as them to become a co-sponsor of the BRIDGE ACT like Rep. Chris Stewart. If they aren’t considering co-sponsorship, ask them to pass the BRIDGE Act. Be sure to mention that you are a constituent. If you get voicemail, leave your name and address to make sure your call is counted. If you don’t know who your representative is, click here.
- District 2 Constituents: THANK REP. CHRIS STEWART for signing on to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act on April 5th! All other district constituents, be sure to mention that Rep. Stewart has done the right thing by standing with Dreamers, and encourage them to do the same.
- Tweet your support with hashtag #StandWithDreamers
Senator Orrin Hatch – D.C. (202) 224-5251, UT (435) 586-8435
Senator Mike Lee – D.C. (202) 224-5444, UT (801) 392-9633
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT01) – D.C. (202) 225-0453, UT (801) 625-0107
Rep. Chris Stewart (UT02) – D.C. (202) 225-9730, UT (801) 364-5550
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT03) – D.C. (202) 225-7751, UT (801) 851-2500
Rep. Mia Love (UT04) – D.C. (202) 225-3011, UT (801) 996-8729
Want to learn more?
Read this great op-ed on fixing immigration policy by our own Utah senator, Luz Escamilla.
Check out this FAQ to help you learn more about DACA.