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March 5th is Here, But Congress Can Still Act

Trump killed DACA on September 5th, 2017. Since then, over 22,000 immigrant youth have lost their work permits and protections from deportation. Trump cruelly created a crisis and then fabricated a March 5th deadline for Congress to fix it.

Today that deadline is here, and Congress has failed to act to protect immigrant youth.

The Senate Failed Immigrant Youth, But a Breakthrough is Possible

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.

TIRRC on Senate Immigration Votes

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.

We Won't Be Held Hostage

I’m not going to lie. This past week has been really difficult for DACA recipients like me who’ve been putting it all on the line to pass the Dream Act. When Congress voted on a spending deal last week that failed to include protections for immigrant youth, we felt betrayed, angry, and heartbroken. Then, the White House released their immigration framework on Thursday, demanding $25 billion for a border wall and increased enforcement, slashing legal migration by 50% by sharply cutting family-based migration and the diversity visa program.