On September 5, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end in six months unless Congress moves to protect DACA recipients and Dreamers. As many as 800,000 young people could be deported, including many students and educators. Known as Dreamers, they came to the United States as children and know no other country as home.
Now is the time for a permanent legislative solution. DACA recipients and Dreamers — people brought to the United States as children — deserve the certainty and permanent protections provided by the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), a bipartisan bill that includes multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, or 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.
NEA strongly opposes the Secure and Succeed Act, which codifies the Administration’s four-pillar framework. This bill would fund a $25 billion border wall with taxpayer dollars and mount a two-pronged attack on legal immigration that strikes at the heart of family unification: Immigrants would no longer be allowed to sponsor their parents, adult children or siblings, and the diversity visa program would be curtailed or eliminated. Together, these measures would take us back to the 1920s, when the United States explicitly excluded immigrants based on their race, ethnicity, and country of origin.