September 17, 2017
Tell Congress to pass the Dream Act
As we go to press, discussions continue among President Trump and Democratic and Republican leadership on a pathway to citizenship for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. To reach agreement, we need to build more GOP support. NEA is urging Congress to take immediate action and pass the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), a permanent legislative solution for DACA program recipients and Dreamers.
The Dream Act provides the certainty and permanent protections Dreamers — people brought to this country as children — deserve, including multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, and 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.
Click on the take action button to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Dream Act.
Cheers and Jeers
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for sponsoring the Dream Act in the Senate and to Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) for leading the effort in the House, where the Dream Act has 199 co-sponsors as we go to press.
Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) for leading the successful effort to enact the READ Act (H.R. 601), previously known as the Education for All Act. The bill would make universal basic education a focus of U.S. foreign policy by helping poor nations create and execute plans to educate all of their children.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) for introducing the Child Care for Working Families Act to help make child care more affordable, support universal access to high-quality preschool programs for 3- and 4-year olds, and improve compensation and training for child care workers
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) for introducing the NEA-opposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that would restrict the use of official time and reduce the retirement benefits of educators and other federal employees
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) for introducing the NEA-opposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that would eliminate sequestration cuts that enforce compliance with limits on discretionary spending