The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has enabled 800,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. as children to have protection from deportation and the right to work and enroll in college. The government promised that personal information required for the DACA application would never be used to deport them. But when DACA was rescinded, that statement was removed from the government website, causing doubt and concern.
If Congress does not pass legislation by March 5, these young people will be at risk of deportation, and the 90 percent who are working would lose their jobs or continue to work under a legal risk while being caught working illegally would presumably subject them to immediate deportation. Lost jobs mean no income to pay car loans, rent or school tuition, or help support their families
Legislation to protect DACA recipients and to provide a path to legal permanent status is needed so they can get on with their lives. Please call Rep. Dan Newhouse (202-225-5816) and Sens. Maria Cantwell (202-224-3441) and Patty Murray (202-224-2621), who supported this legislation last year. Ask them to continue to actively support the DREAM Act.
With all the distractions, let us not forget the Dreamers.
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Stan Moon, Richland