Call Congress to pass the DREAM Act NOW.
With just days left before Congress calls it quits for 2017, today's #DailyRevolution is to get on the phone again and demand they pass a legislative fix to protect Dreamers from being deported. If Congress doesn't act now, your reps will enjoy their holidays while millions of people will spend the next weeks and months worrying about losing their homes and/or their loved ones to deportation.
Assuming the government doesn't shut down before Friday (fingers crossed!), this is the last week Congress will be in session in 2017. Republicans are still frantically trying to prove they've accomplished just one single thing this year and so there is a lot on the docket for the next few days: passing a spending bill to fund the federal government into 2018; passing a final conferenced tax reform bill; and coming up with a solution to protect the 700,000 Americans who were brought here as children (also known as the Dreamers) who are now at risk of being deported.
Already 11,000 people have lost their deportation protections since September when 45 rescinded the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program that granted work and school permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Immigration advocates want the DACA-fix attached to the spending bill which must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown, but Republican leadership, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, say they’ll deal with it next year.
Next year could very well mean never based on the GOP’s track record of not-doing-a-damn-thing, and meanwhile the number of Dreamers losing their current protections is expected to go up 1,000 a day beginning March 5th, when the program expires. Call today and tell Congress to protect Dreamers and pass the DREAM Act now.
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