After a weekend of speculation that the White House would end Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), the Trump administration made it official, formally announcing the end of DACA on Tuesday. For the estimated 800,000 DACA recipients (Dreamers), this is no doubt a gut-wrenching blow from the country so many of them consider home. Under Trump’s plan he’s doing an “orderly wind down,” giving DACA protections six months before they expire – placing the responsibility on Congress to come up with a long term solution. DACA will not end for every Dreamer at the same time (some may be covered until 2020), and if you are a DACA recipient, it’s important that you contact a professional who can help you figure out what this decision means for you and what your rights are in this uncertain time.
For the allies – now it’s more important than ever for us to stand with the Dreamers. Here are five ways you can offer your support.
Rally your representatives in Congress and the Senate.
Add your name to urge GOP leadership in the Senate and House to hold a vote on the DREAM Act: https://t.co/BrZqFVJoLG
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 5, 2017
There is currently a bill that has been introduced in the House and the Senate known as the Dream Act that would offer legal status for many undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children. Call your reps to let them know that the Dream Act must come up for a vote. They have a full session this fall, but this should and must remain a priority.