Imagine you are 22 years old. You’ve lived in America as long as you can remember. You are in college, working hard towards your degree. You’ve thought about joining the Peace Corps. You volunteer in your community, spending some of your free time helping kids learn to read. You work and pay taxes. You’ve never broken the law.
Unfortunately, you are also an undocumented immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 7. It’s not a decision that you participated in, and you love your adopted country. You know nothing about the country your parents came from–you don’t even speak the language.
After the announcement of the Trump administration, you now face a grim reality: in 6 months, even though nothing about you will change, your status in America could be radically different. You voluntarily gave your information to the government as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and now that very trust will be turned against you and used to identify, detain, and deport you.
You will be sent to a country you don’t know, have no ties to, and little memory of.
This is the grim reality facing 800,000 Dreamers in the DACA program today. The Trump administration has announced that the DACA program will be phased out, unless Congress acts to create legislation to help these Americans.
Hey Rob Portman and Bob Latta! Save DACA!
Tell Rob Portman and Bob Latta to save the DACA program, and all the people who will be affected. There are lots of good reasons:
- 95% of DACA recipients are working or in school
- A majority of DACA recipients received higher paying jobs after joining the program
- DACA recipients pay taxes and pay into social security–they boost the American economy
DACA helps the recipients and America–it is the rare political reality of a win-win program. Now it is up to Congress to save it.
Tell Rob and Bob to do the right thing.