The last 36 hours have been head-spinning. Every time I’ve sat down to write this email, there's a new headline: President Trump called for a “bill of love” for immigrant youth; a California court blocked the termination of DACA; and right-wing Republicans released a new bill that is a complete non-starter intended to sabotage any efforts to protect Dreamers.
Today, the Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. An estimated 200,000 Salvadorans have been living in the United States for nearly two decades with TPS, which gave them the opportunity to rebuild their lives here--working hard, buying homes, and raising families. TPS holders from El Salvador are parents to an estimated 192,000 U.S. citizen children.
This time last year, we were processing the results of the election, preparing for the worst, and trying to understand what the election said about our country, our state, and our future. We didn’t know what 2017 would bring, but we knew that we needed to be the strongest we’d ever been and that we’d need you to stand with us - to invest in our work and take bold and transformative action. And so many did.
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.