Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Dear Congress member:
As a constituent and voter, I urge you to call on your leadership to reach a permanent deal on legislation to protect Dreamers and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since this past September, when it was announced that the DACA program would end as of March 5, 2018, 800,000 individuals across the country have been forced to live in a constant state of fear and uncertainty. To date, 10,000 DACA recipients have lost their protected status and hundreds more lose their status each day that Congress does not take action.
Approximately 42,000 DACA recipients reside in New York State. DACA recipients attend our schools, educate our students, defend our country in the military and work and live in our communities. In order to be granted DACA status, individuals who have arrived in the U.S. as children, met specific educational criteria and passed a background check were provided with legal residency for a two-year renewable term.
It has been more than three months since the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program. These individuals, who arrived in this country as children and not of their own free will, are now uncertain about their status as they await a legislative solution to provide them with protection from deportation. Now is the time for Congress to act on legislation to protect DACA recipients and Dreamers.
On behalf of the thousands of New York State residents who rely on the protections afforded to them via the DACA program, I urge you to call on your leadership to pass a clean Dream Act to provide a permanent resolution by the end of the year and give these individuals the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
I thank you for your consideration of this important issue. I would appreciate a reply to my correspondence.
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