Last night, Congress voted to deport immigrant youth. The House and Senate have adjourned for the year, after passing a spending deal that didn't include the Dream Act. By failing to include the Dream Act, Congress is allowing thousands of immigrant youth to lose their DACA and become vulnerable to deportation. Each day, 122 DACA recipients lose their protections. Since Trump terminated the program, more than 13,000 of us have lost our DACA.
We just took over the U.S. capitol. More than 1000 immigrant youth blocked the tunnels between the House and Senate buildings that members of Congress use to get to Capitol. There are just two days left before Congress adjourns for the year and they have one final , "must pass" bill to vote on this week: a spending deal. Our demand is clear: No Dream. No Deal.
This is it. We have 5 days to pass the Dream Act. Members of Congress are planning to adjourn for the year and go home this Friday. If they fail to pass the Dream Act before they leave, more than 15,000 youth who were protected by DACA will have lost their status and be vulnerable to deportation by the time they return in January.
This is an all hands on deck moment. By next Friday, Congress needs to pass the Dream Act. We've been asking a lot of you lately, but this is a crisis.
Since Trump terminated the DACA program in September, more than 11,700 recipients have lost their protections. Over the next two weeks, another 2,000 young immigrants will lose DACA. We can't wait any longer.