President Trump is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allowed immigrant youth who meet certain requirements to live and work in the U.S. temporarily. Since the program started in 2012, it has had a transformative impact on the lives of nearly 800,000 immigrant youth their communities. Terminating DACA has drastic consequences for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers whom the program allowed to work and live legally in the United States. We call on Congress to do everything in its power to protect DREAMers and provide them a pathway to citizenship through the immediate and clean passage of S.1615/H.R.3440, The Dream Act of 2017.
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As your constituent, I am outraged that the Administration has decided to rescind DACA protection.
I urge you to cosponsor The DREAM Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R.3440) a bipartisan piece of legislation which would provide a DACA-eligible people and others who arrived to the U.S. as minors protection.
DACA has given nearly 800,000 young people the opportunity to pursue their dream. They are studying, working and living without fear of deportation in the country they call home. DACA recipients through their accomplishments have proven just how much the U.S. gains from their contributions. Eighty-seven percent of DACA youth are employed, with an additional 8 percent not working but in school. The Center for American Progress (CAP) estimates that ending DACA would mean a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP over the next decade. Additionally, the deportation of DACA youth would cost the American economy billions of dollars.
Please stand up for these youth. Thank you for your consideration.