DACA allowed nearly 800,000 young undocumented people to come out of the shadows, work legally, and live without fear of deportation. It helped drive economic growth, kept families together, promoted education and community integration, and strengthened civic ties. However, on September 5, 2017, on behalf of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA was coming to an end. The administration halted new applications and set a plan to gradually phase out the program. After a number of legal battles, DACA was saved by a thread, even though the status remained vulnerable to future challenges and still lacked a path to citizenship.
In this new administration, President Joe Biden has issued a memorandum to preserve and fortify the DACA program. Biden has introduced an immigration plan that would grant citizenship to many undocumented immigrants, including DACA recipients. Ultimately, long-standing legislation relies heavily on Congress taking action and passing comprehensive immigration reform in both the House and Senate.
The American Dream & Promise Act has been reintroduced to Congress and would establish procedures of permanent residency and American citizenship for those with DACA, TPS, and DED. Although the bill is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction towards the ultimate goal of creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers in the United Stats.
We have developed this toolkit to help activists push Congress to establish a path to citizenship for DACA recipients by passing the Dream & Promise Act:
LEARN MORE ABOUT DACA
- History of DACA>>
- DACA at the Supreme Court>>
- This is the Year to Legalize Millions>>
- The Tens Of Thousands Of Essential Worker TPS Holders Increase Urgency To Pass The American Dream & Promise Act>>
CALL YOUR MEMBERs OF CONGRESS
If this bill is to pass, members of Congress must hear from their constituents. You can contact your House Representative or Senators by phone by calling the Capitol switchboard.
Call (202) 224-3121
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am your constituent from [City, State]. I am calling to ask [member of Congress] to support the Dream & Promise Act which would help immigrants, strengthen the economy, and keep families united. A path to citizenship is long overdue and I strongly urge [member of Congress] use his/her influence to move this legislation into law.”
SIGN OUR PETITION
Another way to show support is by signing our petition. With just a couple of clicks, you can add your name to demand members of Congress support the reintroduced Dream & Promise Act to ensure it becomes law.
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