DeFazio: DACA decision is important, but temporary
June 20, 2020
By Rep. Peter DeFazio
From day one, the Trump administration has toyed with the lives of 650,000 DREAMers (10,000 in the state of Oregon) – undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – breaking promises, demeaning character, attacking integrity, and threatening their livelihoods and their homes.DREAMers pitch in Little Leagues, go to prom, march in Fourth of July parades, raise families, and serve in the military. They are contributing members of every community. And nearly 30,000 DREAMers work in front-line health care jobs, fighting COVID.
None of that matters to Donald Trump.
I am proud of my longstanding support of DREAMers, I voted in favor of the DREAM Act back when it was first introduced in 2001, and I've been a cosponsor on every bill since. Congress has the power to stop Trump's cruelty by passing the DREAM Act. In fact, the House has already passed it, but Mitch McConnell refuses to let the Senate vote on it.
That's vile, Add your name to tell Senate Republicans to protect DREAMers now!
This week, the Supreme Court delivered a win for the rule of law and human decency by ruling that Donald Trump can't end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which protects DREAMers from deportation – just because he feels like it.
That's a big victory, Graham, but it's just temporary. Trump and his secretary of racism, Stephen Miller, have made it clear that they will never stop attacking immigrants and undocumented Americans. They're no doubt already planning their next assault on DREAMers.
Ending DACA is wholly immoral and cruel. Congress must pass the DREAM Act to stop Trump and protect the 650,000 American DREAMers once and for all.
Sign the petition now to tell Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans, "Do the right thing. Protect our DREAMers!"