On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Sessions announced that as of March 5, 2018, the Trump Administration would formally terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA” program which President Obama had initiated and the NAACP supported in June of 2012. The program allows some individuals who entered the country as minors without documentation to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals – referred to as “DREAMERs,” after legislation known as the DREAM Act (the “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors” Act) – were enrolled in the program created by DACA. DREAMERs originate from all parts of the world including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Europe, and currently live in every state in our nation.
It is now up to Congress to help the “DREAMERs.” Congress must pass the DREAM Act before adjourning for the Christmas holidays. Congress has had almost three months to resolve any outstanding issues facing the legislation, yet no action has been taken. It is immoral and repugnant to play politics with anyone’s life, especially a young life.
For more information and to see what you can do to demand action from your elected representatives, please see the attached Action Alert.