Promises MatterThe President told Dreamers they could ‘rest easy,’ and then went back on his promise.
The administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a devastating blow to our country and the promise of America.
More than 750,000 young people have been protected from deportation under DACA. These law-abiding youth and young adults live, work, and study here in the United States. For many, the U.S. is the only home they have ever known. These are our friends, classmates, colleagues, and neighbors. These are hardworking members of our communities who contribute to our economy and the fabric of our nation. They deserve an opportunity to continue pursuing their goals. This is the American dream and has been the foundation of our country for centuries.
Now that President Trump has gone back on his word, it’s even more important to take a stand for a law that will offer lasting protections to these young people. The Dream Act of 2017 was recently introduced in both the House and Senate. This bipartisan legislation would provide a permanent solution to create a path forward for these hundreds of thousands of DREAMers.
Join us in demanding Congress do the right thing by passing the Dream Act without delay.
Top 5 Things to Know About the Announcement to End DACA
- Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.
- No new DACA applications will be accepted.
- DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.
- Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.
- We are united in this fight.
The Truth Matters
There is a lot of misinformation being shared and promoted about DACA recipients. Here are some simple truths:
- The average DACA recipient is 26
- The average DACA recipient came to US at age 6
- 91% are employed
- 100% have no criminal record
- They pay $500 to renew every 2-years, which totals $800M
- They are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- They are not eligible for Medicaid (except for emergency services)
- They are not eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- They are not eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- They are not eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- They are not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- With 10-years of work history and taxes paid, they are eligible for Medicare once they reach retirement age
- They are eligible for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)