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.
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.