Featured Issue: Efforts to Protect Dreamers

On 7/20/17, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615), which would provide young people who were brought to this country as children and grew up, commonly known as Dreamers, in the United States the chance to apply for lawful permanent residence, if they meet certain requirements. A week later, two bills were introduced in the House of Representatives that would protect also Dreamers - the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440), introduced by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and the American Hope Act (H.R. 3591), introduced by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

AILA welcomes these efforts and calls on Congress both to pass legislation protecting Dreamers and to urge the Administration to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until a more permanent solution is in place. Currently DACA is under attack by a group of state Attorney Generals who have threatened to sue the Trump Administration if DACA isn't ended by September 5, 2017.

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AILA's Statements and Resources

Speak Out in Support of Dreamers

Members of Congress Defend Dreamers

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17072035.