Dream Act

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was ended by the Trump Administration on Sep 5, 2017, but several courts kept it on life support allowing current beneficiaries to continue renewing their permits. While existing DACA permits can be renewed, no new ones are being given. DACA has protected nearly 800,000 immigrant youth from deportation, including about 650,000 who remain protected now. About 90,000 DACA-eligible youth graduate from high school across the U.S. every year.

The administration’s ability to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is now pending a decision in the U.S. Supreme Court. Opening arguments in the case regarding DACA happened Nov. 12 in the Supreme Court, and we await a decision. A negative decision from the Court and corresponding action by the Administration could prove catastrophic for millions of American families and hundreds of thousands of employers. More than 200,000 DACA recipients are working in essential occupations during the coronavirus pandemic and roughly 29,000 DACA recipients risk their lives as healthcare workers—keeping America safe, and the economy afloat.

We will continue to work alongside undocumented youth and the immigrant community that empowers and fuels us so that a Dream Act can be passed. Certainly, there is no excuse for our Congress to not include this bipartisan solution that reflects the values of a majority of American voters. The farm worker movement will continue to prioritize mobilizing until we win. The fight continues.

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