More than five months after the president terminated DACA, creating a crisis for hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth and their families, the Senate failed to reach consensus and defeated four proposals yesterday (see more below). The Senate waited 163 days after Trump terminated the DACA program and waited until 20,000 young people lost their protection to debate and vote on four proposals for a mere 1.5 hours. They adjourned for recess without passing a bill to protect DACA recipients. Immigrant youth deserve better.
It’s been more than five months since the president terminated DACA, creating a crisis for hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth and their families. After months of inaction, the Senate is finally casting votes today on four proposals. These votes come as the result of powerful organizing led by immigrant youth in the halls of Congress and in communities across the country and in Tennessee.
We have been fighting for permanent protection for immigrant youth that does not cause harm to their parents or their communities. Today, there is only one bill being considered that we can support: the bipartisan, “USA Act” introduced by Senators McCain and Coons.
Just over a year ago, Trump issued his first travel ban, blocking individuals from several Muslim-majority countries—and all refugees—from entering the country. Outraged, our communities came together and fought back against these bans in the streets and in the courts. Together, we blocked numerous attempts by the Trump Administration to keep refugees and Muslims out of our country.