FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2017
CWS TO CONGRESS: YOU MUST PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
Washington, D.C. – After members of Congress passed a continuing resolution on Thursday to fund the government for two weeks—delaying resolution on critical issues like the status of nearly 800,000 undocumented young people—CWS released the following statement:
“Congress must stop stalling and pass a clean DREAM Act now,” said CWS President and CEO Rev. John L. McCullough. “The very lives of our immigrant youth and their families are at stake. Each day Congress fails to pass the DREAM Act, 122 DACA recipients lose their status and become at risk for deportation. We cannot derail the lives of our young people—the future of our country—like this any longer. We urge our elected leaders to live up to our shared values of fairness and opportunity, and realize the will of the American people and the overwhelming bipartisan support to pass the Dream Act. Quit stalling and quit playing politics with these young people’s lives—make the DREAM Act a reality now.”
Since President Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September, to date more than 10,000 DACA recipients have already lost their status because Congress has failed to act. 34 Republicans members of Congress have signed a letter in support of passing a permanent fix for DACA recipients by the end of the year. With only two weeks left to reach a solution, Congress must act now.
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