Dear Member of Congress:
Nearly 800,000 DREAMers received critical protections and work authorization under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA recipients are upstanding members of our communities who came to this country as children. Everyone in the program has passed an extensive background check, paid a fee, and is now a student, service member or/and part of the workforce.
DACA has been operational for five years and is popular with the public and enjoys the support of employers, educators, community leaders, and elected officials from both parties.
However, DACA is now under immediate threat. In fact, after September 5, DACA could be tied up in courts - putting 800,000 DREAMers at risk. Congress must take immediate action and pass the DREAM Act to protect DREAMers like MomsRising member Priscilla, who raised her younger siblings, studied hard, and now is a dedicated teacher in Texas. Destroying Priscilla’s dreams by denying her any path to legal status and ability to work would not only crush her and her siblings who rely on her, but also adversely impact her students and her entire school community.
Additionally, removing 800,000 people from the workforce will significantly hurt our economy, including costing $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade. It will cost employers $3.4 billion in unnecessary turnover costs. Contributions to Medicare and Social Security will be cut by $24.6 billion over a decade.
DREAMers are also fueling our economy. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten have purchased their first home. Further, 6% of DACA recipients have launched businesses that employ American citizens. There’s no question, passing the DREAM Act is good for our economy.
The DREAM Act is a strong bipartisan legislative solution that would allow young immigrants to continue living their American Dream with a path to legal status. We urge Congress to do right by DREAMers and make the DREAM Act a reality for these young people who have contributed enormously to our communities and economy.
We urge you to stand with DREAMers by defending DACA and supporting the DREAM Act 2017.