Last night, Congress shutdown the government.
Congressional leadership chose to listen to the extreme, anti-immigrant fringe in Congress and the White House instead of the majority of the American people.
There are bipartisan deals on the table to offer permanent protections to millions of immigrant youth, which is what nearly 90% of Americans say they want. But at every turn, White House aide Stephen Miller, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA), and others obstructed progress on the Dream Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to mislead his members into thinking that they would need to choose between deporting immigrant youth or providing healthcare to children. They can and should do both.
Congressional leaders also lied and insisted that they have until March to find a solution for Dreamers. We know the crisis is now; every day that Congress delays means more danger and deportation for immigrant youth. Since Trump killed DACA, over 16,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections and another 850 more lose them each week. That's why millions of people and our champions in Congress are demanding a vote. There is no excuse for inaction. Immigrant youth need the Dream Act and Congress needs to do its job.
As Members of Congress work to strike a deal to reopen and fund the government, we have to ensure that immigrant youth aren’t left behind and that other immigrant communities aren't harmed in exchange for Dreamer protections. A breakthrough on the Dream Act is possible, but only if we keep the pressure up.
Please take a minute to send a message to our senators and urge them to do what the majority of Americans want them to do: govern, fund the government, and protect Dreamers.
Immigrant youth don't want to be used as bargaining chips or play political games; we are fighting for permanent protections that will allow millions to work, to drive, and to feel safe. This is a moment of moral reckoning. Our Members of Congress have to choose whether they will continue to hold the future of immigrant youth hostage and keep the government shut down, or if they’ll put in the work to pass the bipartisan Dream Act.
We have pushed the fight for the Dream Act further than it has ever gone, and we will not back down until we get permanent protection for millions of immigrant youth across the country.