There is bipartisan support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, not to mention from the majority of the American public. Trump and the GOP made this mess when they eliminated DACA in September and now it’s time for answers. We’ve waited long enough!
After four months of negotiations, in January 2018 a bipartisan group of senators—led by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—presented a deal that would have both provided relief for Dreamers and met White House demands for additional border security. It also provided protections for thousands of TPS holders put at risk by this administration. The DACA deal was presented the day after Trump told senators that he would sign any DACA deal that was presented to him.
How did Trump respond? Despite meeting the White House’s requirements, Trump rejected the deal because it didn’t do enough to prevent immigrants from “shithole” countries from coming to the U.S. He was referring to Haiti, African countries, and El Salvador—i.e., countries with people of color. Trump made sure to clarify that he prefers to have immigrants come from countries like Norway.
Republicans have been complicit in every one of Trump’s abuses, and by voting to reopen the government without protections for Dreamers they enabled the worst instincts of Trump and hardline members of their caucus. On January 22, most Senate Democrats joined Trump and the Republicans and voted to deport Dreamers at a rate of 122 per day; this three-week funding extension doesn’t provide relief for Dreamers, but does fund their deportation.
The DACA recipients have waited long enough! Call your representative and senators and tell them NOW is the time to pass DACA!
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Sen. John Hoeven
Rep. Kevin Cramer
Sen. Tina Smith
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Rep. Collin Peterson
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