On September 5, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end in six months unless Congress moves to protect DACA recipients and Dreamers. As many as 800,000 young people could be deported, including many students and educators. Known as Dreamers, they came to the United States as children and know no other country as home.
Now is the time for a permanent legislative solution. DACA recipients and Dreamers — people brought to the United States as children — deserve the certainty and permanent protections provided by the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), a bipartisan bill that includes multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. To qualify, individuals must have entered the United States as minors and have a continuous presence in the United States for four years before the date of the bill’s enactment.
Related bills that NEA does not support fall short of the Dream Act — they are more exclusive and narrowly tailored, and do not fully address current DACA recipients and those eligible for DACA. Those bills include the Recognizing America’s Children or RAC Act (H.R. 1468) and the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy or BRIDGE Act (S. 128/H.R. 496).